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


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

Whether it’s his ability on the ball or being in the right place at the right time. The 28-year-old has shown a number of good qualities in his game.

One that has grown massively over the past 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 captain, replacing outgoing Scott Brown.

Brown was a legendary figure in his 14 years with the Hoops, and it was always going to be a tough one for the player to fill his boots with.

However, McGregor did it expertly, helping the Postecoglous side on their way to the Scottish Premiership and the Premier Sports Cup.

The 28-year-old has also made his mark as captain, setting an example on the park.

With the season ending several weeks ago, McGregor is now on international duty with Steve Clarke’s Scottish side as they bid to qualify for the World Cup, which takes place later this year.

And it looks like the Celtic midfielder has taken those leadership qualities with him into the Scottish side as ‘alternate captain’, in Andy Robertson’s absence.

The Liverpool full-back featured in the Champions League final on Saturday, then the celebrations on Sunday, and will join his international team-mates soon. It hasn’t been the ideal preparation for Robertson ahead of one of Scotland’s biggest games in years.

To me, it looks like McGregor has temporarily taken over as captain while the team is without Robertson, training ahead of Wednesday’s huge game against Ukraine.

McGregor was at the center of footage from training sessions at Edinburgh’s Oriam.

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

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The midfielder has really come on leaps and bounds since his Celtic debut and is leading the way on the club and international fronts.

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

There’s a reason Steve Clarke and Ange Posteoclgou have so much praise for McGregor, and I have no doubt he’ll continue to show why over the next 12 months as well.

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

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