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Celtic: Callum McGregor signs new five-year deal at the club

Celtic: Callum McGregor signs new five-year deal at the club

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor has committed his long-term future to the club after signing a new five-year deal at Parkhead.

The Hoops’ official website celticfc.net confirmed on Wednesday morning that the 26-year-old has signed a new contract that will keep him at the club until at least 2024.

Having come through the club’s academy to make his first team debut in 2014 (as per celticfc.net), McGregor’s lengthy contract extension raises the firm possibility of him completing a full decade as a Celtic player.

The Scotland has already amassed 248 first team appearances for Celtic, despite only getting his senior bow five years ago, and set an extraordinary record of 5,894 minutes of game-time for club and country in the 2018/19 season – more than any other professional footballer in the world, as per celtifc.net.

Having played so much football over the last number of months, it would have been understandable if McGregor endured something of a hangover this season, but if anything he has been performing even better.

His goal against Hibernian in last week’s Betfred Cup semi-final was his fifth of the campaign, only one fewer than he scored for Celtic in the whole of last season, while he has also chipped in with two assists.

In the Hoops’ Europa League games so far, he has a higher passing success rate (85.8%) than anyone else in the squad to have started in the tournament and he has made the most passes of any Celtic player in the group stage with 169. [via WhoScored]

It’s little wonder, then, that the 26-year-old attacking midfielder has been constantly entrusted with a starting berth by Neil Lennon this term – the only game he has sat out was the Champions League qualifier away to Nomme Kalju when Celtic were already 5-0 up from the first leg. [via TransferMarkt]

McGregor’s scoring and passing figures of late seem even more impressive in the context of his marathon 2018/19 season and, with him playing a full game for 22 of Celtic’s 25 matches so far this term, he clearly has huge trust from Lennon – and with good reason.

Also, at just 26, there should be plenty more to come from the attacking midfielder, who has shown no signs of slowing down despite an incredibly busy last few months.

Celtic fans, how big a boost is it to have McGregor committed to the club for another five years? Comment below with your views!

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