CELTIC fans are used to captain Callum McGregor performing as the champions’ inspirational onfield leader.

The Scotland international anchorman has been a pivotal figure at the Hoops even before accepting the armband from Scott Brown in the summer of 2021.

While the influential midfielder continues his fightback to full match fitness, McGregor has now added a new string to his bow.

The 30-year-old influential middle-of-the-park orchestrator can now be seen as a CHEERLEADER to his team-mates while he spends time on the touchline.

THAT’S MY BHOY…Callum McGregor (extreme left) celebrates Kyogo Furuhashi’s goal in Celtic’s 3-0 win over St Mirren at Parkhead on Saturday.

He was caught on camera breaking off from a limbering-up exercise to celebrate Kyogo Furuhashi’s header for the team’s second goal in the 3-0 win over St Mirren at Parkhead at the weekend.

He was also one of the first to congratulate the Japanese ace for his his 16th strike of the campaign.

McGregor last started a game for Scotland’s title kings in the 7-1 romp over Dundee in the east end of Glasgow on February 28. He was replaced at the interval by teen ace Daniel Kelly.

CHEERS…Callum McGregor is in the middle as Kyogo Furuhashi celebrates the Hoops’ second goal with Yang Hyun-jun about to join in.

The experienced campaigner was then forced to sit out four successive encounters – Hearts (0-2), Livingston (4-2 and 3-0) and St Johnstone (3-1).

McGregor, attempting to overcome an Achilles problem, came on for just over half-and-hour in the 3-3 draw at Ibrox and made another substitute’s appearance for the remaining 18 minutes against the Paisley club.

Now Brendan Rodgers’ key man is hoping to have an influence at some stage in the Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen at Hampden on Saturday – on OR off the field.

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