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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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