Former Celtic midfielder and current pundit Kris Commons believes that despite picking up a potential long-term injury, Hoops captain Callum McGregor can continue to play a huge role within Ange Postecoglou’s squad.
The 28-year old sustained a nasty head injury in the 2-1 win over Alloa Athletic in the Scottish Cup on Saturday, with fears that the crucial midfielder could be set to miss the next 6-8 weeks of first-team action.
Writing in his weekly column for the Scottish Daily Mail, despite the injury blow, Commons insisted that McGregor can continue to have a significant impact on his teammates from the sidelines and in the changing room.
“He won’t be able to lead the team out in front of 60,000 fans, but his influence will still be felt at training, in the dressing room, at team meetings, and in sharing his experience with the new signings who have not yet experienced an Old Firm game.
“It’s clearly something that McGregor will wish had not happened, but it will make him an even better captain. During my time at Celtic, Scott Brown was excellent at playing his part as captain while not on the field.
“Celtic did not cope very well when McGregor was out of the team earlier in the season, but they are in a much better place now.”
Losing a player of McGregor’s ability and experience will have come as a massive blow for Postecoglou and his coaching staff, with a crucial run of games to come over the next few weeks.
There are still some very experienced players in and around Lennonxtown, such as Joe Hart, who will continue to show their impact on the pitch.
Hopefully, like previous captain Scott Brown, McGregor can continue to be a leader across all bases, despite not being on the park alongside his fellow teammates.