Why Celtic have done a smart job by handing Callum McGregor a new deal
Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor has penned a new five-year deal with the club, confirmed the club’s official website.
A Hoops academy graduate, Callum McGregor, 26, made his debut in 2014 and has scored 55 goals in 290 appearances. The midfielder, who has played 17 times for Scotland, has won five Premiership titles, three Scottish Cups and three League Cups at Celtic.
The 26-year-old’s consistent displays over the last 15-18 months have seen Celtic reward him with a new deal that runs until 2024. In fact, it is McGregor’s second new deal in 12 months at Celtic Park.
He becomes the third player to commit himself to the Scottish champions in a week after the club also announced new deals for Scott Bain and James Forrest.
Having played a key role in the club’s qualifying campaign in Europe earlier in the season, McGregor has already featured on 24 occasions for Celtic in all competitions this term. He has predominantly featured in central midfield alongside skipper Scott Brown, although he is versatile enough to play in the No.10 role, on the wing and at left-back.
Since making his debut back in 2013, McGregor has not looked back. The midfielder was an indispensable figure for Brendan Rodgers, helping the club achieve the historic treble ‘Treble’ last season. He made 59 appearances across all competitions – the highest in his club career so far.
The Scotland international has further polished his credentials by becoming a vital cog in Lennon’s team this season. A thorough professional and a firm fan favourite at Parkhead, McGregor is always ready to do a job for the club in any position, be it the defence, midfield or attack.
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It is worth mentioning here that the 26-year-old is a veteran of 251 appearances for Celtic in all competitions, meaning that he has a sound knowledge of the Scottish game and definitely a wealth of European experience as well.
It is true that the Hoops need to focus more on bringing fresh talents through the door and also promote players from the academy to keep progressing in the right direction but it is also vital for them to hold on to some of the experienced heads. Thus, the Bhoys have done a great job by securing McGregor’s future at the club.