What Kieran Tierney said about Callum McGregor as Celtic captain
Kieran Tierney is in no doubt that Callum McGregor is a full-time future Celtic captain.
And, judging from an interview with the Arsenal star from last year, he thinks his former team-mate will do a fine job.
McGregor is widely expected to replace Scott Brown as club captain when the Hoops legend departs for Aberdeen at the end of the season. [BBC]
And, speaking to Open Goal in August, Tierney shared some similarities between the pair.
“We had a proper hardworking team,” the full-back said of his glory Celtic days.
“Broony and Cal ran the changing room. They were our captains and they never let anyone slack.”
“Would McGregor do that aswell,” asked host Si Ferry.
“Aye”, replied Tierney. “Cal’s captain material. Cal will be captain.”
McGregor could emulate Brown as Celtic captain
Tierney’s comments may have been pretty short – but they show exactly what he thinks of McGregor’s captain credentials.
The midfielder has spent seven full seasons under the watchful eye of Brown – and has been a regular under Ronny Deila, Brendan Rodgers, Neil Lennon and now John Kennedy.
At 27, he is approaching the last chance saloon, with regards to a move to the Premier League.
But something deep down tells you that McGregor wants to stay at Celtic. That he realises what Brown achieved at the club, and wants it for himself too.
England’s top flight may be far more glamorous than its Scottish counterpart. It may be far more lucrative from a financial perspective.
But being a long-term Celtic captain is no mean deal. Captaining the biggest club in Scotland means immense pressure, and reward when things are going well.
It means sore arms from the amount of trophy lifting you do. It means European nights. It also means a pretty substantial pay packet.
This can all be McGregor’s, if he really wants it.