The moment Callum McGregor's future as Celtic captain became clear

By Hamish Carton

March 26, 2021

There was a moment this humble writer realised Callum McGregor was being readied as the next Celtic captain.

In a largely forgotten game in a crazy season, McGregor took the mantle as Scott Brown’s replacement.

The opposition were Partick Thistle. The venue Celtic Park. The stage the Betfred Cup.

With Brown rested ahead of a game at Easter Road three days later, it was McGregor who took the armband on the pitch.

Scott Brown confirmed his Celtic exit yesterday / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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But he also led the team off it, as this ‘Access All Areas’ video posted by Celtic showed.

At the 3:30 mark, McGregor is seen waiting on the rest of his Celtic team-mates as the players get ready to enter the pitch for their warm-up.

The incident is so small that you could blink and miss it, but it was the moment I realised McGregor was captain material.

McGregor will set the same high standards as Brown

The fact McGregor took the warm-up that night with Brown on the bench was significant.

It was clear that he was being readied as his successor, and that things wouldn’t change a whole lot from one regime to the next.

McGregor is a different player to Brown. He’s more technically gifted but perhaps lacks the aggression of the current skipper.

Callum McGregor ahead of Celtic vs Sparta Prague / (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

But both seem to sky-high standards, and expect the same of their team-mates.

In Callum McGregor, Celtic have the ideal Scott Brown replacement. It seems many at the club have known this for some time.

In other news, Celtic fans have been reacting to Jack Hendry’s display for Scotland on Thursday