Former Premier League goalkeeper turned pundit, Paul Robinson, has highlighted the importance of Callum McGregor as Celtic march towards 9-in-a-row.
Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson talks about the midfielder’s influence in Neil Lennon’s side as they continue their impressive dominance of Scottish football.
So what has Robinson said?
After scoring against Motherwell in mid-week, the retired England international said of McGregor’s form:
“He’s been good this year, I think he has the same amount of assists as he has goals.”
“I think his work rate, his attacking threat that he carries as well, I think he’s been a real outstanding player for them this season.”
“He’s been an ever-present for the past three or four seasons at Celtic, but I think this is probably his best season in a Celtic shirt in terms of what he’s doing for the team as a whole.”
So is Robinson correct?
Absolutely, McGregor is one of the first names on Lennon’s team-sheet and very rarely misses a game and this season has been no different with 40 appearances before the winter break a testament to his fitness levels and resilience.
Scott Brown’s engine room partner has 9 goals and 9 assists for the season which – considering he has spent most of it in a deeper role – is a demonstration of just how effective he is in the final third and offers another threat from behind the Celtic attack.
His versatility allows the Parkhead gaffer to easily shift formation within a game and it’s no wonder that he is also now a regular for the Scotland national team.
Will Callum McGregor be at Celtic next season?
McGregor was linked with a summer move to the Premier League move and although the January transfer window was quiet it wouldn’t be a surprise if he was again linked to a move south of the border given both his defensive and creative abilities.