Former Celtic captain Scott Brown has revealed that he was pleased to see Callum McGregor being given the Celtic captaincy.

The current Fleetwood Town boss has been reflecting on the past year which has seen him head into management after hanging up his boots from the game.

Soccer Football – Champions League – Celtic vs Anderlecht – Celtic Park, Glasgow, Britain – December 5, 2017 Celtic’s Callum McGregor and Celtic’s Scott Brown after the match REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

During his 14 years of service to the club, Brown wrote his name into the history books on a countless number of occasions as he won a staggering 21 honours with the Hoops becoming the second most successful captain at the club after the immortal Billy McNeill.

He was a huge figure to lose from the dressing room as Ange Postecoglou arrived at Celtic with the decision to award Callum McGregor with the captains armband being one of his first major big calls amidst the summer ‘rebuild’ which was taking place.

Soccer Football – Scottish Premiership – Celtic v Motherwell – Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain – May 14, 2022 Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou and Callum McGregor celebrate winning the Scottish Premiership with the trophy Action Images via Reuters/Molly Darlington

The former Socceroos boss assessed the situation before making his decision with there having been previous speculation that had Eddie Howe made the switch to Glasgow he may have awarded the armband to one of his former Bournemouth stars.

His decision paid off as McGregor has led with humility and class that saw him win two trophies during his first season as captain. His dedication and commitment to the team was shown when he played on with a protective mask for the final few months of the season after suffering a serious facial injury.

Soccer Football – Scottish Premiership – Celtic v Motherwell – Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain – May 14, 2022 Celtic’s Callum McGregor celebrates winning the Scottish Premiership with the trophy REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

His predecessor was not surprised by his selection and was chuffed for his old Hoops teammate.

“Cal’s drive and enthusiasm. I tried to drive everything as much as I possibly could, and I knew I was coming to the end,” said Callum McGregor speaking to the BBC. 

“I was just glad that Celtic offered Cal the captaincy because he drives training.

“He drives standards about the place and he wants to be the best he possibly can be.

“We still speak now. I never give him advice on how to captain Celtic.”

Both McGregor and Brown are very different captains but do share some similarities. They are both club legends and have played a huge part in Celtic’s recent successes.




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