After signing a new deal which will keep him at Celtic until 2026, Callum McGregor has revealed he wants more success and is aiming to put Celtic Football Club back where it belongs in the Champions League.
McGregor, 28, has had previous experience of the Champions League group stages with Brendan Rodgers and his Invincible Celtic side. Now though, Callum insists it is time our Club returned to it’s rightful place amongst the elite of European competition.
On his hopes for the future, the classy midfielder said: “I love this club, I love everything about it. I love representing it and I love winning silverware. “This is the only place I want to play football and I’m just delighted the club feel the same”, as reported by The Celtic Star.
“It’s great for everyone that they’ve committed to a long-term contract. “I sat down with the board and the guys. They are very, very positive in terms of where they see the club going. “Looking at the incentive for winning the league, it takes you back into the Champions League.”
He continued: “And that takes you into an elite bracket of clubs, which is where you want to be playing your football. “We’ve been there so many times where you win the league but still have to go and play qualifiers. “But, with the coefficient being so good now and Scottish football being in a good place now, we’ve earned that right to have our title winners go straight in.”
“So it’s a great place to be, it’s ultra competitive – and it’s a real incentive for us to get back on top.”
Celtic fans – it would be safe to say – have been starved of European football’s elite competition for some years now. Overall their is a resignation that those in charge do not see our great, historic Club as a European giant; instead more content to drop into the Europa League with minimal outlay on the playing staff.
However, with this year’s league winners going straight into the pot in Switzerland for next seasons Champions League group stages, McGregor and his strong leadership could just get Celtic to the Promised Land once again.