Delight as Celtic captain Callum McGregor signs new five year deal

Callum McGregor pens new five-year deal…

Celtic today announced that Callum McGregor has signed a new five-year contract which will see him remain at the club until the summer of 2028. The Celtic captain joined the club’s Youth Academy as a nine-year-old and has now spent over 20 years with the club, winning 20 trophies to date including five domestic trebles – more than any other player in football.

Since making his debut on 15 July, 2014, scoring the only goal against KR Reykjavík in a UEFA Champions League qualifier in Iceland, Callum McGregor has gone on to make 420 appearances for Celtic, scoring 62 goals. And since becoming captain at the beginning of the 2021/22 season, he has led the team to five trophy successes, including last season’s memorable Treble – the eighth in Celtic’s history and a new world record.

Now, as the team prepare for the 2023/24 campaign under Brendan Rodgers’ leadership, Callum McGregor is delighted to have signed his new five-year contract and is looking forward to more green and white success in the seasons ahead.

“It’s amazing to extend my stay at the club. As I’ve touched on before, this club means so much to me and the success that we’ve had over the past few seasons has cemented that,” Calmac told the official Celtic website.

“I feel like the club’s in a great place to move forward as well, and when they came and asked me to extend my stay I was absolutely delighted. “Brendan’s a top manager and I had the pleasure of working with him before and seeing what he did with that group of players, especially a young, hungry group similar to ourselves, and the way he progressed us and took us on.

“His personality around the place gives the building another lift as well, so the club’s in a really strong place. We did some great work over the last couple of years but it’s important that we bank that and we continue to move forward because in football you always have to continue your progress and get even better.

“I’m delighted that the manager’s back, I’m delighted that I’m going to be here long-term as well, so here’s to many more successful years. I just want it to continue for as long as possible. I’ve spoken before about the trust that the guys have put in me at this club, and I want to repay that every time I go on the pitch. They’ve been amazing for myself and for my family. It’s given me a wonderful life and some amazing memories.

“Together with the Celtic fans what we’ve achieved are memories that will stay with me forever, and there’s only one place that I want to play football and that’s here.”

This is the latest contract extension for key players in the Treble winning Celtic side after both Kyogo and Daizen Maeda signed new long terms deals over the past week or so.

“Kyogo’s been phenomenal since he came through the door, and it’s amazing to see him extend his contract,” Calmac said, “so that tells you where he thinks the club can go and where he thinks he can go in terms of his career. Daizen as well has been unbelievable since he came in, so that’s two really positive signings and two key figures for the group as well, so that tells everybody exactly where we think the club is.”

McGregor is now 30 so will almost certainly play all his football at Celtic, as indeed is his wish but don’t bet against him playing on beyond this new deal.

“I just want to take it one game at a time,” the Celtic captain said. “That’s the way I’ve been my whole career – just to focus on the next game and the next training session and just try to give my best every single day, to progress as a player and as a person, and try to have a positive impact on the club.

“So I’ll just be taking it one game at a time and we’ll see where we get to, but I’m hugely proud of what I’ve achieved at this club so far. They’ve given me an unbelievable platform to be successful and my duty is to give absolutely everything for this club and do everything I can to make it successful.”

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The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

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