Celtic hero steps into much-needed leadership role ahead of World Cup decider

By Lewis Laird

May 30, 2022

Over the years, there have been many impressive aspects of Callum McGregor’s game.

Whether that be his ability on the ball or being in the right place at the perfect time. The 28-year old has shown a number of good qualities within his game.

One which has developed massively over the last 12 months is his leadership qualities.

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In July last year, Ange Postecoglou announced that the academy graduate would become the club’s new club captain, replacing the out-going Scott Brown.

Brown was a legendary figure during his 14-years with the Hoops, and it was always going to be a challenging task for the player who had to fill his boots.

However, McGregor did so expertly, helping Postecoglous’s squad on their way to the Scottish Premiership and Premier Sports Cup.

The 28-year old also put his own stamp on the captain’s role, leading by example on the park.

With the season coming to a close several weeks ago, McGregor is now off on international duty with Steve Clarke’s Scotland side as they attempt to qualify for the World Cup, taking place later this year.

And it looks like the Celtic midfielder has taken those leadership qualities with him to the Scotland camp as ‘stand-in captain’, in the absence of Andy Robertson.

The Liverpool full-back took part in the Champions League final on Saturday, then celebrations on Sunday, and will join up with his international teammates shortly. It hasn’t been the ideal preparation for Robertson, ahead of one of the biggest Scotland games in years.

To me, it looks as though McGregor has taken over the captain duties temporarily whilst the squad is without Robertson, training ahead of Wednesday’s huge game against Ukraine.

McGregor has been front and centre of images coming from training sessions at the Oriam in Edinburgh.

He has also taken on media duties, speaking to the press ahead of Scotland’s busy run of games over the next two weeks.

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The midfielder really has come on leaps and bounds from his early days at Celtic and is leading from the front on both club and international fronts.

Heading into another season as captain, McGregor will also have a Champions League campaign to look forward to as skipper. Reaching the World Cup in the same season would be massive for him.

There is a reason why both Steve Clarke and Ange Posteoclgou have such high praise for McGregor, and I have no doubt he will continue to show why over the next 12 months too.

In other news, Celtic midfielder says he’s found a new part of the game under Ange Postecoglou.