The Celtic player who blew Ange Postecoglou away this afternoon
Ange Postecoglou has tipped his hat to Callum McGregor for the captain’s all-action display against Aberdeen this afternoon.
McGregor won the midfield battle against Celtic legend Scott Brown this afternoon in a competitive clash. The Hoops ran out 2-1 winners, with CalMac netting a bizarre late goal in the second half.
The captain was given the star-man award by stat experts WhoScored this afternoon. Bagging an impressive 8.3/10 ranking, McGregor was statistically head and shoulders above any other player on the park. WhoScored clocked a 96.5% passing accuracy as well as 6 shots at goal in a dominant display.
And speaking about his main man via the Scottish Sun post-match, Postecoglou was full of praise for Callum:
“Cal is massive for us. I thought he really drove the lads, just with the energy. That’s what we spoke about before the game, that’s what I emphasised. It’s easy for me to say it but somebody has to go out there and lead from the front.
“I don’t know where he gets it from but he’s got bags of energy and when you see him running around you can’t help but be inspired that the rest of the guys will go out and do the same thing. He leads by example and he’s a man of action and words and I thought he was outstanding today.”
Callum McGregor produces the goods for Celtic when it’s needed most
Postecoglou isn’t wrong. If you watch McGregor throughout the course of a 90-minute game, there’s plenty to admire. Not just in how he takes care of the ball and controls the midfield, but with the energy levels he shows in that particular area of the pitch.
McGregor is all over for Celtic. He can operate in a host of different midfield roles, and that showed today. One minute he’s breaking up the opposition attacks, and the next he’s up the other end joining in on a Celtic one.
His influence on Postecoglou’s team cannot be underestimated. In truth, it’s only when he’s out the team will his effect be truly noted. He’s become such a monumental figure for the manager that he’s now become undroppable. You couldn’t have necessarily said that 12 months ago.
Celtic now have a growing number of leaders in their side once again. Much has been made of Joe Hart’s commanding presence. But let’s not forget the growth of Callum when it comes to his own leadership attributes.
You can see him constantly pointing and barking instructions in the direction of his teammates. That was again evident this afternoon and it was the same on Thursday night in Leverkusen. No matter the occasion, McGregor is becoming a key leader.
Next up is Hearts on Thursday night. McGregor will be front and centre once again. Given his energy levels, don’t expect him to be a part of the rotation system as he continues to wow the manager.