CALLUM McGREGOR paid homage to the legendary Tommy Burns after penning his four-year extenension yesterday.
The Celtic midfielder looked back as well as forward after committing to the new deal.
The 24-year-old playmaker said: “Tommy was a massive influence for me coming all the way through.
“He would be at first-team training during the day then come to supervise us at 6pm.
“We would still be there at 10pm practising free-kicks. He wouldn’t let us go home.
“He was just that kind of guy, he loved football dearly.
“Actually, when I signed the new contract, I signed it in the little room just off the boardroom and that was the first time I had been in there since the day I sat there with Tommy and my parents to sign my first pro-youth contract at the age of 13.
“Because it was the first time I had been back in the room and it was a nice feeling. I felt a bit emotional at the time.
“I texted my mum and mentioned it to her and she said it was nice to see how far I have come in the years since.
“It’s a proud moment for me to tie my future down at the club. To come through from the age of eight means something to me.
“There aren’t many left from the same era and it just shows you what you can do if you work hard and have the right support around you.”
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