Callum McGregor earns the ultimate Celtic comparison

By Lewis Laird

May 16, 2022

Former Celtic midfielder Kris Commons has praised Hoops captain Callum McGregor for his unbelievable season and the first in which he held the armband.

Replacing a figure like club legend Scott Brown was never going to be an easy feat when McGregor was named as the new skipper under Ange Postecoglou.

However, the 28-year old led this Celtic side to a double in his first campaign as captain and picked up several individual awards for his performances in the side.

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Writing in his weekly column for the Daily Mail, Commons was full of praise for McGregor, insisting that the midfielder was never going to be the same sort of character as the previous captain.

But, the Scotland internationalist has put his own stamp on things, and Commons went on to liken him to another club legend in Paul McStay.

The former Celtic man said: “I remember being in many a pre-match huddle with Brown, and he would be barking at us and getting us really fired up.

“He thrived on that sort of madness when a game was being played at 100mph, and tackles were flying in all over the place.

“McGregor is a different type of player. At the base of Ange Postecoglou’s 4-3-3 system, he has anchored the midfield with a sense of calm and composure.

“He oozes class on the ball. So, if we are drawing comparisons with former Celtic skippers, McGregor is much more in the mould of a Paul McStay.

“McStay was nicknamed the Maestro, a fairly quiet and unassuming character who just let his football do the talking. McGregor has done exactly the same this season. Not only has he captained the team to the title, he has been voted PFA Player of the Year. That’s the ultimate accolade that you can win on a personal level when your fellow pros vote you as the best player in the country. I was fortunate to win it in 2014.”

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He continued: “McGregor is 28 years old and, having signed a new five-year deal back in September; there’s a chance he could finish his career at Celtic.

“But, given the mess the club were in last summer, there’s no doubt that this latest triumph will rank as one of the sweetest in many a long year.

“Callum is now key to what Ange hopes to achieve in the years ahead.”

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Callum McGregor encapsulates the early stages of the Ange Postecoglou era

If there is one player in this side who perfectly encapsulates Ange Postecoglou’s early Celtic side, it is his captain – Callum McGregor.

The academy graduate has had an excellent first campaign as captain, showcasing the terrific turnaround after such a disappointing season last year.

The Celtic supporters have always known about McGregor’s qualities as a footballer in the middle of the park. But, this season, he has almost taken that to a new level.

It is an exciting prospect to think that this is just his first season as captain of the club, and there will be even more to come from McGregor.

In other news, Nir Bitton’s brilliant response when asked why he didn’t leave Celtic sooner.