HISTORY BHOY Callum McGregor took his place in the record books along with Celtic at Hampden.

The club, of course, became the first in world football to seal EIGHT trebles with their 3-1 Scottish Cup Final triumph over gallant Inverness Caley Thistle.

Captain Marvel McGregor also enjoyed some personal glory as the only player to be involved in five domestic clean sweeps taking in the league, League Cup as well as the national competition.

RECORD-BREAKER…Callum McGregor with the newly-won Scottish Cup.

The 29-year-old Scotland international midfielder is particularly delighted with his latest silverware sortie as he joins his predecessor Scott Brown as the team’s onfield leader to achieve the feat.

He also follows in the footsteps of club legend Billy McNeill and also Tom Boyd, captain of the 2020/21 team managed by Martin O’Neill who joined Jock Stein’s all-conquering line-up that took the domestic and European stage by storm in the sixties.

Basking in the glorious sunshine at the national stadium and in the afterglow of his own accomplishments, McGregor said: “It’s even more special and I think the style that we’ve done it in, the hard work it’s taken to get us here, it’s been so difficult and so hard.

“But this is what football is – you have to sacrifice if you want to be successful, you have to work so hard on a daily basis and this group has that in abundance and I’m so happy and proud that we managed to get what we deserved.

“It probably wasn’t the best game, but when you get to Cup Finals it’s about winning, so to cross that line and become treble winners again in something that this group should be so proud of.

THUMB’S UP…Callum McGregor basks in even more glory.

“If you don’t work hard and you don’t sacrifice then you’ve got no chance of being successful. But what this group does is that it has a culture and a behavioural sense where everyone comes in and we work so hard every day, and give ourselves to the cause.

“It’s a selfless group and we’ve managed to build and get better as the weeks have gone on.

“We’ve got stronger every time we’ve come on the pitch – we look stronger, we look fitter, we look better, we look slicker and when you get to these Cup Finals it’s about making sure you get over the line.

“With the players and the supporters, we managed to get over the line and I’m so proud of every one of them, and now it’s time to go and enjoy ourselves.”

A beaming McGregor, speaking to Celtic TV, added: “You’ve just got to enjoy it and soak up every minute of it.

“This is so special to do this. I know how difficult it is and every season it gets harder.

“Teams are trying to stop you, teams are trying to come up with ways to put you off your stride and you’ve got to find a new way to win and this group’s done that.

“I’m so proud of them, so proud of the supporters and I hope everybody has a brilliant summer.”


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