CALLUM McGREGOR has agreed a new five-year deal that will keep him at Celtic until the summer of 2026 at least.
The 28-year-old captain, speaking to the Celtic website, said: “I’m absolutely delighted. It’s a proud moment again to extend my stay at the club.
“The club’s very close to my heart. I’ve been here for a number of years now. I’m happy here, I love my football and representing this club and I want to stay here for as long as I can.
A BIG HAND FOR CALLUM…Celtic captain Callum McGregor has been awarded with a bumper new five-year deal.
“This is a new chapter and I’m desperate to see the five years out and, if I’ve done that, then that means it’s been a pretty successful time again.
“That’s the new motivation for me personally, to make sure this club wins silverware and get it back to that successful place where we were two, three, four seasons ago.”
Boss Ange Postecoglou added: “It’s brilliant news. Obviously, it was an important year for Cal stepping up to be the new captain and he’s already shown outstanding qualities
“He espouses the values that I’m after. He understands what we’re trying to build and, on and off the field, he’s not just talking about it, he’s living it and he’s showing the behaviour that I want leaders to show, and as I said, he’s just taken his first steps, but I think that it’s exciting with what’s ahead.”
Scotland international midfielder McGregor joined the club’s Youth Academy at the age of eight.
A BUNCH OF FIVES…a delighted Callum McGregor with a special shirt. Image courtesy Celtic TV.
He has gone on to make 338 appearances while claiming 54 goals. The first of those strikes came on his competitive debut when he netted the only goal of the game against KR Reykjavík.
Ronny Deila was the boss who pitched him into the top side and he has been a fixture in the squad for Brendan Rodgers, Neil Lennon, John Kennedy (briefly) and now Posetcoglou.
McGregor has won six league titles, four Scottish Cups and four League Cups and was a key member of the historic quadruple treble achievement.
He has also been capped 37 times and scored his first international goal in the 3-1 loss to Croatia at Hampden in June during the Euros.
Unfortunately, the club’s onfield leader has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury and is highly unlikely to feature against Dundee United in Glasgow on Sunday.
However, after today’s announcement, he has time on his side to make up for his current enforced absence.