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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. thomthetim

     

     

    Wouldn’t put CalMac in a Bobby Murdoch category, good player that he is. Bobby was only eighteen when he made the first team, and not even twenty three when he played in Lisbon. Contrary to many myths Bobby was a terrific inside forward, and had scored fifty goals from that position in three seasons before Big Jock made him right half for the rest of his Celtic career. Never forgot how to score a goal either as well as being both a great defensive and attacking midfielder, and as fine a passer with both feet as there was out there. Not many like him, and those that that were played in the same team as him. Good luck to Calum, and credit to Ronny for giving him his chance.

  2. mike in toronto on

    Have posted before, but for any CQN’ers in the Toronto area, CQN legned Almore is in town over the holidays. I think he will be in the Scarborough club on the morning of December 29th for the game, and I will be meeting him for dinner later that evening.

     

     

    If anyone is interested in meeting Almore on the Toronto leg of his North American tour, get in touch.

  3. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    CELTIC MAC on 20TH DECEMBER 2018 4:48 PM

     

     

    The only comparison I made between the two players was that both found their true positions when they played a deeper role in the team.

     

     

    Bobby wasn’t half the player he became until he moved back. He was more suited to having the game in front of him. This let him demonstrate the gifts that you so aptly described.

     

     

    Bobby Murdoch was and is my all time favourite Celtic player. He had it all as far as I am concerned.

  4. I have absolute respect for the Res12 guys, for the work they have put in and their dedication and belief in something important, so I try not to speak out of turn in way or with any authority. My view on what i know and what I have encountered on the fringes of things is that the Board have handled Resolution 12 very poorly. For Peter Lawwell to sit at the AGM and say the guys were happy when they clearly were not, the evidence being he was contradicted immediately, was very poor.

     

     

    There have been a catalogue of failings in football governance in this country. It seems to me that the moment the supporters stood up against the idea to parachute Sevco into the SPL, in that moment it was decided by the Authorities and Clubs including ours and Peter Lawwell that everything else was off the table. The period since has imo been staged managed, the outcomes have been and are predetermined.

     

     

    Complicit? Absolutely.

     

     

    What happens in the future in terms of repercussions, only time will tell.

  5. Mad Mitch 2.46.

     

    Belly buttons /Opinions. Callum McGregor.

     

     

    Everyone is entitled to an opinion regarding the club, manager, players etc.

     

     

    Personally, I’m highly delighted that Callum McGregor has signed a new deal. Every text message or What’s app message I’ve had reiterates the same sentiment.

     

    No midfielder in Scotland comes close to his ability, touch, awareness, durability, or diversity when asked to fill in numerous positions by his manager. He’s a class act . On and off the park.

     

    Shame you don’t recognise this.

     

    Nothing personal. HH.

  6. CalMac,

     

     

    Celtic to the core, great news on his new deal:))

     

     

    If we were to go out and find a player with his skill set and attitude we would be looking long and hard..

     

     

    If he turned up playing for a Euro opponent against us we’d be raving about him:))

     

     

    HH

  7. glendalystonsils on

    Calmac is a great player ,well worth his contract extension and then some. He has some way to go however before he can be compared to Bobby Murdoch. Bobby was a strong , forceful player and runner with an exquisite eye for a pass and a lethal shot. Calmac has some of these qualities and could , in time , get close to the great man . I for one will enjoy watching how he develops.

  8. Calmac is the future. He will be the heart beat of our team for the next 5 to 6 years.

     

     

    Fingers crossed on the injury front for French Eddy. Hopefully it was just a niggle or muscle strain. And not a pull

     

     

    I know it is not likely to happen, but I wouldn’t be adverse to Jack Aichison getting a run out against Dundee.

     

    For the simple reason, he has been coached and played football as a striker. No one else in the rest of our squad has experienced playing with their back to the opposition goal.

  9. love callum McGregor, he will im sure become one of the greats, but to compare him with bobby Murdoch is not fair, bobby could go past a man with ease as if the opponent was invisible, could pass a ball like no other and what a shot, many a time id be standing on the terracing behind the goal and he would let fly an I almost would duck, expecting the net to burst ,what a player, but that is only my opinion.hhh.

  10. I am delighted Callum McGregor has signed up. He has got so much more to offer.

     

     

    I always feel Callum is so grateful to BR for not binning him earlier after his DD folly. Callum will play anywhere and do anything BR asks.

     

    Well played CM and BR.

     

     

    HH, the journey continues.

  11. MIKE IN TORONTO on 20TH DECEMBER 2018 4:25 PM

     

    At 11:49, Auldheid posted about Res. 12, and had this to say:

     

    “The SFA have all the information required to come to a conclusion, as have Celtic.

     

    The SFA had it at 25th June and barely a fortnight later they jumped the CAS ship. Celtic got their copy later that week.

     

    I reckon they have employed an Actuary to estimate how long the Res12 guys might live and are hoping the grim reaper will rescue them from their cowardice.

     

    For whatever reason society finds itself governed at all levels by folk who lost their moral compass in search for God knows what, certainly not salvation.”

     

    As I read that, the ‘their’ in “their cowardice” certainly seems to include Celtic’s Board.

     

    And hardly a peep said about it on here.

     

     

    ##############################

     

     

    As I have been saying…..

     

     

    “The Game, The Game Is Over, The Rebels Have Gone!”

     

     

    A club run by Irish Tories, supported by the mollycoddled, big flashy motor circuit.

     

     

    McCann sold Celtic’s soul, and Old Firm-ed the remnants.

     

     

    It’ll take a game, cup final, important league game, were Celtic are mibberried to defeat, especially vs Rangers, before the present day supporter base, come to realize that, the Resolution 12 Requisitioner Rebels, put on the table, the set of keys that would set, Celtic and all other cheated club’s free from the cheating, but, that it would take 000’s of empty seat’s to activate those keys, because, Celtic PLC are complicit in the cheating through their silence, and their hunlike treatment of the evidence provided, and those who provide that evidence, imho.

     

    HH

     

     

    Have to leave.

     

    Laters.

  12. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    Celtic Mac, Glendaly…., BP,

     

     

    Did you guys read my post re Mc.Gregor’s transformation being similar to Bobby M’s and glean that I was comparing both players on ability?

     

     

    Really?

     

    I give up.

  13. glendalystonsils on

    THOMTHETHIM FOR OSCAR OK on 20TH DECEMBER 2018 5:37 PM

     

     

    Don’t give up yet……….

     

     

    Being of an age to have watched both players undergo the said transformation , I totally agree with your point.

     

    The comparison between the two is mine and mine alone.

  14. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    GLENDALYSTONSILS on 20TH DECEMBER 2018 5:45 PM

     

     

    Thank you.

     

    I was beginning to lose the will to live. Nothing gets on my (escaped) goat on here more than someone deliberately misreading another’s post and taking the point off on a tangent, where it was never intended to go.

     

     

    Most of the Lions, including Bobby were the same age as me. I often wonder how I missed out!!

  15. DAVID17 on20TH DECEMBER 2018 5:09 PM

     

     

    I have absolute respect for the Res12 guys, for the work they have put in and their dedication and belief in something important, so I try not to speak out of turn in way or with any authority. My view on what i know and what I have encountered on the fringes of things is that the Board have handled Resolution 12 very poorly. For Peter Lawwell to sit at the AGM and say the guys were happy when they clearly were not, the evidence being he was contradicted immediately, was very poor.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    There have been a catalogue of failings in football governance in this country. It seems to me that the moment the supporters stood up against the idea to parachute Sevco into the SPL, in that moment it was decided by the Authorities and Clubs including ours and Peter Lawwell that everything else was off the table. The period since has imo been staged managed, the outcomes have been and are predetermined.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Complicit? Absolutely.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    What happens in the future in terms of repercussions, only time will tell.

     

     

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    That is about the strength of it. Time will tell.

  16. THOMTHETIM FOR OSCAR OK, was not being dentrimental to your post, sincere apologies if you thought I was.hh.

  17. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    BBC Sport Scotland are a department within BBC Scotland.

     

     

    BBC Sport Scotland are responsible for content on the BBC Scottish Football home page.

     

     

    BBC Sport Scotland (as part of BBC Scotland) are autonomous from BBC Sport (who are responsible for content on the BBC Football home page).

     

     

    Despite this autonomy there is a relationship between the two.

     

     

    Part of this relationship allows BBC Sport Scotland to recommend promotion of articles from the Scottish Football page to the main BBC Football page.

     

     

    The final editorial decision whether to promote it likely lies with BBC Sport.

     

     

    However, it is entirely possible, that they are not aware of all stories on the Scottish Football page.

     

     

    On main page today … Rogic may miss a game, guy who fouled Morelos should have been sent off.

     

     

    Not on main page – Calum signs new contract, Sevco fined by SFA.

     

     

    Hhmm

  18. thomthetim

     

     

    Think I might just be capable of grasping the meaning of your earlier post, moreso that I don’t quite agree with it. My point is that Bobby Murdoch was already a terrific player, inside right/left, before Jock Stein returned to Celtic, albeit in a Jimmy McGrory team, and that him becoming right half was not the making the making of him, in the way it may be with Calum. The making of the team alongside Bertie might be nearer the mark. Don’t give up on my account Thom, you got us talking football!

  19. TTT- I was fortunate to meet Bobby Murdoch in the Vogue a couple of times, its not often i am stuck for words,a lovely guy,an unassuming superstar.

  20. David 17

     

     

    “There have been a catalogue of failings in football governance in this country. It seems to me that the moment the supporters stood up against the idea to parachute Sevco into the SPL, in that moment it was decided by the Authorities and Clubs including ours and Peter Lawwell that everything else was off the table. The period since has imo been staged managed, the outcomes have been and are predetermined.”

     

     

    Don’t think we’ve ever clearly established what was on the table before everything was taken off.

     

     

    Celtic and others pinned their faith on the much later LNS inquiry for retributions against Rainjurz, and we know what happened there.

     

     

    I posted in 2012 ( as did others ) that the granting of the spare licence was the real crime, Celtic’s complicity is the same as all other Scottish clubs, where they voted Sevco start in bottom division.

     

     

    Lots of Celtic fans accepted that, ( most with the caveat that they are indeed a new club ) and regularly post.

     

     

    ” Haven’t they suffered enough ” etc etc

  21. Good evening, friends,

     

     

    I was looking back over our St Stephen’s Day fixtures and results over the last 10 years and found the following mildly interesting –

     

    > There were no 26th December games in 4 of the years, 2011 and 2014 to 2016.

     

    > In 2009 and 2010 we were at home both years, beating Hamilton 2-0 and St Johnstone 2-0

     

    > Our last 3 Boxing Day fixtures have all been away from home AND at a fair travelling distance – in 2012 we won 2-0 at Dundee, the following year we won 1-0 at St Johnstone and last year we again travelled to Dundee winning 2-0

     

    > This year we travel even further, to Aberdeen. Having won our last 5 such fixtures without conceding a goal

     

    Based on previous 26th December fixtures it might be worth investing a very small portion of any Christmas cash on us winning 2-0!

  22. Just passing by and with a similarly fleeting thought I concluded that there are great similarities between the ambitious, imaginative but occasionally blinkered certainty of road drivers and the equally overconfidence of pioneering bloggers. ( I include myself in the echelon of the more ridiculous scribblers bytes, bits and bullshite).

     

     

    Perhaps you might wish to match up some of your esteemed peers with my compilation of over-eager engine powered nomads.

     

     

    This shows up to Silver medal status. Gold medal will follow shortly.

     

     

    http://alturl.com/6ieiq

     

     

    Hail Hail

     

     

    Matt

  23. Celtic are reportedly eyeing up a move for Club America star Edson Alvarez.

     

     

    The 21-year-old centre-back – who can also play as a defensive midfielder – is the man of the moment after netting a brace against Pedro Caixinha’s Cruz Azul to help secure Liga MX glory last week.

     

     

    The Mexican international is being chased by a host of European teams but Celtic are said to monitoring him closely

  24. CBN-watched the wee montage at halftime and didn’t realise he had scored as many,brilliant captain who’s actually got better with age

  25. fairhill bhoy on 20th December 2018 7:44 pm

     

     

    Brown hasn’t had a shot on target this season – bit of a different role now.

     

     

    He played as a kind of “10” 4 times and scored 2 goals and got 3 assists. A chapter in a book of great careers that never were awaits!

  26. hi bhoys about this time 50 years ago. my aunt bella would make a big pot of tattie soup as she called it and everyone no matter what creed or colour was invited, remember a big golden plate of soup and a bilsland or a Medora square slice of bread dipping into the soup, seventh heaven so tonight I bought a can of baxters lentil soup because I know she used lentils in the soup, and put a few potatoes in as well but it does not taste the same ah memories.hh.

  27. JOBO BALDE@6.54.

     

     

    Games on 26 12.

     

     

    Remember going to a Boxing Day game in 64.Snowy day/frozen pitch.Opposition was Motherwell..Tiny crowd.Celtic won.Can’t remember the score.I will research it and see if it was 2-0

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