CALLUM MCGREGOR is a Celtic stalwart at this point. The midfielder is Celtic’s iron man and he just keeps going. He delighted supporters last week when he signed a new bumper deal with the club which will see him continue in the Hoops for the next five years.

There was a time for Callum when things weren’t so certain and he was being loaned out instead of staying put and fighting to breakout of the youth team.

McGregor recalls his big break came under Ronny Deila, not because he was doing anything special but because he was staying behind after training to do extra work to become a better player. Ronny appreciated a young man with talent trying to perfect his craft and gave McGregor the opportunity to shine.

The Norwegian can be credited for bringing on Kieran Tierney also, the former Parkhead boss not afraid to give youth a chance during his time.

He made his start under Ronny and excelled under Rodgers, now he’s starring in a Neil Lennon side. It just shows you hard work pays off, talking about when Ronny noticed him, the player dreads to think what would have became of him if he hadn’t stayed behind.

“Ronny had just come in, and I was just doing a bit of extra training on the pitch in the afternoon”, McGregor told the Celtic View.

“And maybe it takes something like that to catch someone’s eye and give you that wee half-chance you need.

“So I’m glad he was walking past the window at that point and saw me.

“Every day I knew I had to come back with a point to prove and, and that summer was the biggest turning point for me because Ronny saw me doing the extra training and he quite liked that.

“Someone else might have walked straight past it and thought nothing of it, but the timing was right, and I managed to get my chance, come in and do well.”


  1. Ronny Deila deserves much praise for his time at Celtic.
    He is a fine coach and a thoroughly decent human being.
    A fine servant to the Celts.


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