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Callum McGregor

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  1. Notorious Gold Member Gold Member

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    That’s the view of Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou, anyway, when he sums up just how important the central midfielder is to his team.

    Appointed club captain this summer after long-serving skipper Scott Brown joined Aberdeen, McGregor has been trying to drive Celtic’s regeneration on the pitch, being Postecoglou’s general and helping the transition between old and new.






    The 28-year-old, however, missed a tranche of games in September, which coincided with a 4-3 Europa League reversal at Betis and dropped points in the cinch Premiership, a 1-0 defeat at Livingston and a 0-0 home draw with Dundee United. His hamstring injury was managed carefully and he is now back in the team, driving them on to wins – the latest being a 2-0 triumph over Ferencvaros to breathe new life into Celtic’s European campaign. Postecoglou is left in no doubt how key McGregor is.



    “I said through that period that we needed to show resilience, but there’s no doubt we missed Cal,” said the Australian coach. “Any team would miss their leader, their skipper, and he’s such a fantastic player apart from that. He dictates the tempo out there, he drives the boys with his actions and his words.

    He’s an outstanding leader and I know he will become an even better leader as he grows into the role. He’s definitely an important part of it, like any leader would be in any team. No-one’s irreplaceable, but when you lose influential players like we did during the last period, it’s going to take a toll on a brand-new team. It wasn’t like we had ready-made leaders to step up.”






    Postecoglou never questioned McGregor’s credentials to take the armband. “Leaders come in different forms,” he said. “ He’s probably not the typical, but the biggest thing you look for in leaders is ‘do people want to follow him?’ Do his actions match his words, does his behaviour match his demands for standards? And he does that. He lives and breathes football, he lives and breathes this football club.

    "He took the penalty [against Ferencvaros]. That’s his job. He missed it but then he was back up looking for the ball again. That’s leadership for me. His words are very strong to the team before a game and at half-time. He’s dead set on making this club successful again.

    While the Scotland internationalist’s qualities as a captain have impressed his manager, his ability has done so too. “He’s up there … with the ones I’ve worked with anyway,” Postecoglou added about how good a player he is. “Because what you look for are players in the tightest of areas – and he plays in that area – who always want the ball, are always looking, always trying to dictate the game.
     
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  2. Notorious Gold Member Gold Member

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    Seen this on the HB


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    Taking the * today flicks over people's head's and unlucky no to have a couple..
     
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    He's our best player. Bar none.
     
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    The difference in him not having to babysit Brown is frightening.
     
  6. Callum McGregor The Captain Gold Member

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    MOTM for me. Everything good went through him. Absolute gem of a player.
     
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  8. tarboltontim We have nothing to lose but our chains. Gold Member

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    He speaks well and talks sense.
     
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    He’s flourishing right now under Ange. A real lynchpin who is the embodiment of industriousness and reliability — all the qualities you’d expect of a captain. And let’s not forget that he’s creative too and can score goals — usually really good goals — and be a game-changer from time to time. A lot of people questioned wether or not he had the moxi or the character to be captain and he’s responded admirably, imo. Proved a lot of people wrong and is owning his new role. So, yeah, a very important player for us presently.
     
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    It was like honey to the bee last weekend, he attracted the attention of three players, creating the space for Juranovic for the first goal. Even though Juranovic’s shot was blocked, CalMac created the time for him, and the deflection fell to Ralston.

    CalMac is so classy.
     
  11. Valhalla Thus spoke Batistuta. Gold Member

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    Surprised more hasn’t been made of that tackle on him.

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    Wasn't even shown. Was done on the follow through..

    That is scandalous those gashes..
     
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    My stream froze , never saw the tackle , but a few on here said it deserved a red
     
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    I know the lunge at Kamara divided opinion but Porteous is going to break someone's leg sooner or later.

    He also came flying in early on when Mikey had skinned McGinn in the box but was somehow adjudged to have fouled him.
     
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    Didn’t realise just how much of a nutter Porteous is. Comes across like an idiot jumping into tackles like that whenever he plays a Glasgow side.
     
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    Mate he does it against every *.

    He tried to do someone from Kilmarnock or something a couple of year ago and ended up doing himself.

    He’s an animal. The sooner he’s out of Scottish football the better.
     
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    Someone needs to land on Porteous knee first to his face or ribs the next time he dives in like that
     
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    Aye he's got a real nasty streak and is gonna hurt someone badly soon..

    It isn't like he doesn't mean it either. He knows exactly what he's trying to do when he's going in like that last night..
     
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    We need to have a hitman on the team, to pay back opposition players in kind, or worse.
     
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    Same challenge everytime.

    Straight leg, start low and lift the foot up aiming for the players shin.

    He’s a * of a boy. The fact he was trying to talk to Turnbull after it and Turnbull just kept telling him to get to * said it all. They’ll be pals having played through the youth teams together and even he was having none of it…
     
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