Callum McGregor has been named as the new club captain of Celtic, following Scott Brown’s departure to Aberdeen, as confirmed on the Hoops’ official website.
The Lowdown: Change engulfs all departments at Celtic Park
Moving into 2021/22, Ange Postecoglou will be desperate to make the right calls in order to give the Hoops the best chance of impressing on a domestic and European level.
The Celts finally look to have filled the most important on-pitch role, with McGregor getting the captaincy for the upcoming season.
Is Callum McGregor the right choice for the Celtic captaincy?
The Latest: Callum McGregor named as new Celtic captain
Kicking off the new era at Parkhead in earnest, the 28-year-old has been tasked with the mammoth task of filling Brown’s boots as he becomes Celtic’s 22nd captain [celticfc.com].
Deputising as skipper on a number of occasions last season [Daily Record], the Scotland international shouldered added responsibility in a difficult campaign for the Hoops.
As the club’s new full-time captain, he will be desperate to repay the faith shown in him by his manager, who added: “He knows what it takes to be a successful Celtic player, and he knows what it means to captain this club, and I’m delighted that he will be wearing the armband and leading the squad going forward.” [celticfc.com].
The Verdict: McGregor is the correct choice to fill Brown’s boots
McGregor was always the most likely to be given the opportunity to take the armband of his boyhood club due to his leadership qualities – Postecoglou has said that he “leads by example, both on and off the park” [celticfc.com].
Coming through the Lennoxtown ranks, the Scot has went on to rack up an incredible 14-trophy haul at the heart of the Celtic midfield [Transfermarkt]. Within that timeframe, he has registered 116 goal contributions in 325 appearances for the Hoops, with 53 goals and 63 assists [Transfermarkt].
Once labelled “brilliant” by former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers [Glasgow Times], his ability to consistently perform to a high standard has seen McGregor retain a reputation as one of the best players in the country, as evidenced by winning 34 caps for Scotland.
Now one of the elder statesmen within a youthful Celtic team, the Parkhead faithful will be desperate to see their hero leading the way on the pitch and justifying why Postecoglou is “delighted” to have him as the club captain going into the new season.
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