New contract for crucial Callum McGregor

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Callum McGregor (25) burst into our consciousness as a winger under Ronny Deila but has found his true calling as a deep-lying playmaker this season.  From there he establishes the pace at which Celtic play.

I previously heard Kieran Tierney say he enjoys full back better than the left-mid position he played as a youth, as he can see the game develop more from there.  The same is true of Callum, who is crucial to Celtic’s performances.

The key aspect he has is the ability to send and receive passes drilled to feet with pace.  Success in the modern game is increasingly about how fast a pass you can reliably control or make.   That close, intimate, control, Callum has permits him to play at the very highest level.

I am delighted he has signed a new contract, securing him until 2023.

Having secured the result at halftime, Celtic strolled the second half, no doubt with an eye on conserving energy in this most draining of months.  Injury to Odsonne Edouard was as predictable as it is regretful, but what a performance from Mikey Johnston.  I am sure he will not become a striker, but the lad has talent.  Delighted also for Anthony Ralston, who marked his return to the team with the opening goal.

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  1. A good night for our youths and our club last night, great to see the youngsters make the grade and win the contracts.

  2. Gents / Ladies – Hope you and yours are all well. I’m wondering if anyone can help with some advice on places in London to watch the game on the 29th. Specifically, if anyone knows of any celtic friendly pubs close to wembley stadium, I’d be grateful for your guidance. A couple of friends and I would like to watch the game, and would be grateful for any advice on some friendlier pubs to watch the game.

  3. MESSAGE SENT ON BEHALF OF ANDY WADDELL

     

    DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

     

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    During the consultation period, objections to the proposed scheme were received that require a public hearing to be convened. The hearing will be conducted by an independent reporter and the provisions for such a hearing are set out in the Local Authorities’ Traffic Orders (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 1999 (as amended) (“the Regulations”).

     

     

    Following appointment of the Reporter, he or she will determine the precise format of the public hearing. However, in the meantime under regulation 9(1) of the above, I am required to notify you of your right to be heard at that hearing.

     

     

    If you wish to be heard in support of your objection you are required to confirm this in writing to Andy Waddell, Director of Operations, Neighbourhoods and Sustainability, Exchange House, 231 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RX or email [email protected] . Your written request must be received by this office no later than 5.00pm on Friday 25 January 2019.

     

     

     

    Yours faithfully

     

     

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    Andy Waddell

     

    Director of Operations

     

    Neighbourhoods and Sustainability

  4. Love the look of wee Mikey – he just needs a Ryan Christie-like loan, a bag of protein shakes and some weights and come back to us a man…

     

     

    Don’t want to pee on Antony’s chips but I’m not sure he’s a long term keep at the club, in a right back position with many occupants and not enough quality. Rumours on t’net we’ve secured a college kid from the states to join the RB party ? More bodies or the arrival of real quality. Hope it’s the latter….

  5. would take the young hibs centre back Ryan porteous , sell them scott allan and include jack henry loan deal.

  6. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Absolutely brilliant news – something I asked for a couple of months back. Glad somebody was listening :-)

     

    Have always rated this bhoy – going back to Ronny’s time – and he just keeps taking his game to new levels.

     

    Such a tidy player. Rarely wastes a ball. Excellent vision and game intelligence.

     

    His defensive work is sometimes overlooked, but he is always quick to get behind the ball and close off passing lanes.

     

    Must also be a great player for a manager – very low maintenance. Never complains about being played “out of position”. Just plays where he is asked (which has been just about everywhere!) and almost always does a good job.

     

    If he continues to improve (and it looks like he wants to) he could be one of the top midfielders in Europe. We are really lucky to have him here.

  7. RON67 on 20TH DECEMBER 2018 12:38 PM

     

    would take the young hibs centre back Ryan porteous , sell them scott allan and include jack henry loan deal.

     

     

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    Watched the highlights this morning, Morelos ran him ragged on a number of occasions.

  8. Good news Calum McGregor and well deserved.

     

     

    Two great peices of play by Edouard last night for the opening two goals. On both occasions he had willing runners beyond him, something I think he needs and thrives on. Unlike Moussa he cannot be left on his own to fight with two or three defenders.

  9. DAVID17 on 20TH DECEMBER 2018 12:43 PM

     

    RON67 on 20TH DECEMBER 2018 12:38 PM

     

    would take the young hibs centre back Ryan porteous , sell them scott allan and include jack henry loan deal.

     

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    Watched the highlights this morning, Morelos ran him ragged on a number of occasions.

     

     

    have to disagree, it you have time or interested watch a re run of the full game , he is also a much better defender than scott McKenna from aberdeen

  10. Ron67 – Absolutely ragdolled by Morelos last night. Looked rash and raw. It’s a big no from me.

     

     

    Given all the fallouts, teeth-gnashing and the rest I hope we focus on real quality this window and next mixed with our own wee boys from the academy. Hendry was a nice sentiment but just a poor player for what we want out of the team.

  11. This is what’s happening to the CL money, the Virgil money, the SA money, the season ticket money…

     

     

    You’ve earned it Callum, well done.

     

     

    Hail Hail The Celts Are Here..!🍀

     

     

    🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 and counting.

  12. Good afternoon CQN

     

     

    Sevco fined £6k for criticising Willie Column.

     

     

    Whers ra statement fae ra Gers, in a thick as feck bomber Brown accent.

     

     

    HH

     

     

    D. :)

  13. Celtic are set to confirm the signing of American full back Manny Perez on January 1 after he impressed on trial.

     

     

    The 19-year-old currently plays for North Carolina State University and has represented the US at Under-20 level.

     

     

    He has spent the last couple of weeks at Lennoxtown and has impressed Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers.

     

     

    And he’s agreed to sign for the Scottish champions, pending a work permit which he will have to apply for.

  14. Re Callum, there will be plenty of young guys at Celtic , who are exceptional for their age,the main thing to do then is LISTEN.Thats what Callum has done,to make himself the player he has become. Listen and learn from Brendan, and the coaches.

  15. Think some are guilty of rushing judgement on Ralston.

     

    Defense is an unforgiving position due to most errors result in a goal against.

     

    I think he is a strong athlete with good attacking instincts.

     

    He is a little rash defensively with a tendency to get his angles wrong and leave him wrong side of opponent.

     

    He can be coached in this and has youth on his side.

     

    How many games has he played?

     

    Last year in our early season game at Celtic park against St Johnstone he got roasted a few times in first ten minutes but after he settled down he was clearly our best defender on the day.We tied 1-1 after another defender and Gordon gifted them a goal but CMcG rescued a point.

     

    His performance was typical of a young defender and he showed character and intelligence to recover from a shaky start.

  16. From Wiki – “Manuel “Manny” Pérez Batista is a Dominican American actor who has appeared in the television series Third Watch and in the film Washington Heights. He is the cousin of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz”.

     

     

    – No wonder Congerton is getting his jotters ffs.

  17. traditionalist88 on

    BIG WAVY on 20TH DECEMBER 2018 1:36 PM

     

    From Wiki – “Manuel “Manny” Pérez Batista is a Dominican American actor who has appeared in the television series Third Watch and in the film Washington Heights. He is the cousin of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz”.

     

     

    – No wonder Congerton is getting his jotters ffs.

     

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    He survived the signing of Jack Hendry, so I wouldn’t bet on it tbh,

     

     

    HH

  18. traditionalist88 on

    BIG WAVY on 20TH DECEMBER 2018 1:52 PM

     

    TRADITIONALIST88

     

     

    I’m just hoping we can survive the signing of Jack Hendry.

     

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    Likewise

     

     

    HH

  19. tuned into bbc sportsound podcast last night, i have now named it,

     

     

    rbc and i dont mean royal bank of canada.

  20. Domestic games are where young players should be played utilising any experimental formations.

     

     

    The understandable quest for the treble treble may actually be hindering our long term progress.

     

    Imo, once we achieve the treble treble then use cup games as a planning vehicle for the league and Europe.

     

     

    HH.

  21. Who’d have thought 2 years ago that in late 2018 :

     

     

    Callum NcGregor would become possibly our most valuable player.

     

     

    and

     

     

    Scott Sinclair had taken over from James Forrest as the resident scapegoat.

     

     

    Funny old game csc

  22. Observing a conversation on the facing book :- Would we have enough room on our treatment table for an Andy Carroll loan.?

  23. Regarding last night — interesting that we seem to do our experimentation away from home.

     

    Also bit disappointed in the second half — no urgency or appetite to really go for it.

     

     

    Bit lazy which is a bad habit to have.

     

     

    Plus we had two players — MJ / LM — who should have been fed the ball with some urgency to find out what they could do. We just seemed to drift into a stupor and an opportunity was lost.

     

     

    Good to see ON work up a sweat and look half interested.

     

    Some poor play at times but overall it was a good step forward.

     

    Not sure what causes the really poor games — team set up has to play a part.

     

     

    Regarding the new contract to CMcG — not sure if he is the standard we need to be aiming for.

     

    He certainly is a player with the ball at his feet but he has someway to go to be at the right level for the other half of the game.

     

     

    In full bean counter mode — hopefully we haven’t paid him a wage that prices him out of the EPL market.

     

    Wouldn’t want him to become fat and happy as his contract goes on.

     

     

    The next issue is to try and work out a balance for the team — CMcG / RC / ON as a MF trio?

     

     

    Good enough for CL group games next season?

     

    Might need to change the formation to keep TR in the team.

     

    4 / 3 / 2 / 1 instead of the current 4 / 2 / 3 / 1 with RC doing a big shift on the left.

     

     

    My thoughts we should be aiming higher for the medium term.

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