We have reached a point now where it is so obvious, it does not need to be said; Celtic are a vastly better team with Callum McGregor in the deep-lying midfield role. From there he can see the game before him, which allows him to dictate where to move play, and how quickly.
Opponents are reluctant to get too close, as he has the control and speed to go past them, whereas, team-mates within 40 yards know when the ball is heading towards him, they better be on their toes, as a pass could be heading their way.
The difference between Celtic with McGregor in the deep position, and either McGregor playing elsewhere on the field, or not at all, is stark. The former means we create a plethora of chances, the latter sees us try to pass teams into submission.
Saturday’s demolition of Hearts saw Callum at his creative best, but it was the previous week’s game at Murrayfield that was more informative. Celtic were very ordinary before Callum moved off the wing to replace the injured Eboue Kouassi.
With Callum in this form, Ryan Christie is in the form of his life, Scott Sinclair can click through the gears, while Tom Rogic and James Forrest are under less pressure to carry the team. At a different club, Callum would have been groomed for this role from an early age.
Founding Fathers’ Fast
Tuesday 6 November
Tomorrow is the 131st anniversary of the meeting convened by Br Walfrid, where it was decided to form a football club to feed the poor of the city. To mark this occasion, the Celtic FC Foundation has invited Glasgow’s homeless to Celtic Park for a hot meal.
To mark the anniversary and recognise the on-going work on behalf of the homeless, the Foundation is holding the Founding Fathers’ Fast, where you are asked to fast for the day and donate £5 here in honour of those founding principles.
For most of us, a day’s fasting will do us no harm, and may even be a good thing. More information here.