The winning goal that helped to shape Callum McGregor's Celtic career

By John Reid

July 25, 2019

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor has been reflecting on a very important moment of his career. His Celtic debut, and a goal that has shaped the rest of his very successful Hoops career.

McGregor was given his Hoops debut in 2014 by former Hoops boss Ronny Deila. The move paid off as he scored the winning goal to give the Hoops a vital Champions League qualifying win over Reykjavik.

“The significance of that goal was very big, and then I went on to score in the next two rounds as well” he told the official Celtic website.

“Still playing a part”

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“I’m still scoring in these qualifying rounds, still playing a part in the team and trying to drive us on to get there, into the Champions League group-stages again.”

McGregor hasn’t looked back after scoring that goal. He has become a mainstay of the Celtic side. A key man of the team that has won three trebles in a row.

He is still doing what he did five years ago – scoring important goals for Celtic in Europe. Look at his recent winner against Sarajevo and goal against Nomme Kalju for example.

Has rare attribute few players have

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Perhaps the signs were always there that he was going to be a success for the Hoops. The ability to break beyond the midfield and find the back of the net is quality that is rare.

McGregor has it in abundance. The fact that his career has gone from strength to strength in only five years is testament to his ability. He deserves plenty of credit for that.