Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor has spoken out about the appointment of new manager Ange Postecoglou, saying it is an ‘exciting’ new chapter for the club.
Speaking to the club’s official website, McGregor stated he was looking forward to a new ‘clean slate’ with the appointment of a new manager finally announced after over 100 days.
“It’s a fresh start and exciting times for the club to begin a new chapter as well.
“A new manager coming in will always have his own ideas on the way he wants to play football, and the way that he sees football – how people act around the building, what he wants his team to look like – so it’s a clean slate for everybody, and we just need to come back and try to impress as much as we can in training and in the games when we get the chance as well.
“At the end of every season, you go away and reflect on how it’s gone and how you’ve done, and how you can do better. Then you come back for the new season with new goals and that’s the same this year again as well.
“With the new season coming around, everybody wants it to be successful but we know that the hard work starts as soon as we get back into pre-season. That element is absolutely vital and very important to having a good start in the season.
“In football, there are so many approaches and styles of football, and when you meet a new manager, you’re always open to learning new things and what he sees the game looking like,” said McGregor. “He’s there to help you and you’re there to learn from him as well, so that’s the exciting part of meeting new people in football.
“He’s coming from a different continent and it maybe falls on the likes of me and James who’ve been at the club for a long time to try and help, and know what’s around the corner in terms of games, and we’re obviously happy to do that and work together.
“But he’s a smart guy, he’s had a really successful career as a manager so he’s going to have huge amounts of knowledge anyway.”
McGregor has been touted as a potential new captain, replacing the outgoing Scott Brown, who has taken up a role at fellow Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen.
So, if that were to be the case, the Scotland international would hope to strike up a good working relationship with Postecoglou, as Brown did with many managers in the past.
With the 55-year old expected to play an exciting brand of football going forward, it will be interesting to see what sort of role the likes of McGregor and James Forrest will play in his sides.
For now, the 27-year old midfielder will be looking to the European Championships with Scotland as they prepare to play in their first major tournament for around 20+ years.
Once that journey is finished, he will look to return to the Hoops in pre-season under the new manager.