Celtic have quite a few leaders amongst them this season and that has played a huge part in them turning things around following the arrival of Ange Postecoglou as manager. The club did lose Scott Brown in the summer, as the long-time club captain left for Aberdeen to take a player-coach role. The armband was handed over to Callum McGregor after that.
A lot of eyebrows were raised when that decision was taken though. While McGregor definitely had the resume to be the captain of the club, he was not the sort of vocal leader that Celtic fans had grown accustomed to during Brown’s time at the club.
Instead, McGregor is the type of player that likes to lead with his performances on the pitch and he has done exactly that this season as they close in on an unlikely treble. On the other hand, Joe Hart, who arrived in the summer from Tottenham Hotspur appears to have taken over the role of being the vocal leader.
David Turnbull, who had been one of the key players in the first half of the season before picking up an injury, has compared the leadership of McGregor to that of Andy Robertson. As reported by The National (via 67 Hail Hail), the Celtic star said:
"“Both of them [McGregor and Robertson] are brilliant and they lead by example in everything they do. Just spending time with them, asking them questions and training with them every day, it’s a pleasure. It’s great to learn off two guys like that, who are playing at the highest level.“Just the way they carry themselves in everything, probably more so off the pitch with the way they act and do things. It’s all top-level, it’s all professional and focused on the game or training the next day. Just seeing them and what they do, it’s brilliant really.”"
McGregor has done a wonderful job as the captain of Celtic
McGregor has proven a lot of critics wrong this season, who had felt that he was not the right guy to be handed the captain’s armband following the departure of Brown.
He has already led the club to the Scottish League Cup and could also soon be the one lifting the Premiership trophy, as Celtic only need 4 points from their last 3 league games to be crowned Champions of Scotland.
If they are able to get over the line, it would be their 10th league title win in 11 seasons, and perhaps the most satisfying of the lot, after how the previous campaign had turned out.