“You hear the word legend and it’s all about the Lions at Celtic.
“People still talk about that team and what an achievement it was to win the European Cup in 1967.
“Now to think you’ll be in the same bracket as them for guys like myself and Kieran Tierney – who grew up watching Celtic – is something special.”
So said Callum McGregor, who scored a wonderful goal yesterday at Hampden – one of the best ever in a Scottish Cup Final.
He has scored for Celtic in every competition this year including both the Group Stages of the Champions League and the round of 32 in the Europa League. Both those European goals against Bayern Munich and Zenit St Petersburg were pretty special too.
He has also forced his way into the Scotland side, after the inexplicable reluctance of a stubborn Gordon Strachan to pick him – he could have saved you your job wee man.
He now has his own song – which is more than can be said for Tom Rogic or James Forrest and he has turned from whipping bhoy (along with Jamesy) to a fans favourite.
Charly Musonda couldn’t be promised a regular start next season due to Callum McGregor’s form, so is now back at Chelsea and last season’s player of the year Scotty Sinclair is now sitting on the bench because McGregor is the first pick for that position.
He deserves all the praise he gets, he has had a fantastic season and he is now up there as a Celtic hero in his own right BUT…
The Lisbon Lions are on a different level altogether Callum…
Celtic can’t really expect to win the Champions League – given the huge financial imbalance these days – but if we’d won the Europa League the other night then you’d be sitting this morning at that legendary level achieved by the Celtic side in 1967.
Maybe next year Callum?
Have you got one of these? Beautiful Sunday should be celebrated all summer long…
The latest podcast is out now- it’s part 2 of the brilliant interview with Celtic’s SLO John Paul Taylor where he selects the games and the soundtracks of his own personal Celtic journey. Loved his memories of the 4-2 game in the first part of his interview. Here’s the latest instalment from the UK’s Football podcast of the year…