The next time Callum McGregor pulls on the Hoops, it will mark his 100th appearance for the Bhoys, a feat most would have considered unlikely just a few seasons ago.
As a teenager, the Celtic manager at the time Neil Lennon, decided young Callum needed games and sent the Bhoy out on loan to Notts County. McGregor took the bull by the horns and proved a real success with the League One side, scoring twelve goals in only thirty-seven appearances.
When Callum returned to Celtic Park, it was to play under a new manager, Ronny Deila.
Ronny saw enough in Callum to give him his first team debut in a Champions League qualifier against Icelandic side KR Reykjavik, where he scored Celtic’s only goal.
Young McGregor did really well that season for the Hoops, particularly in Europe where he scored against Legia and Maribor, both away from home. Something more established players have failed to do over the years.
However, Callum suffered a freak training ground accident and he missed the last few weeks of that season.
With a change once again at the top, Callum found he had to start all over again and impress new gaffer Brendan Rodgers, something he seems to have achieved considering the amount of game time he gets.
Often a target for the boo Bhoys, Callum has stuck to his task well, and now in his FOURTEENTH year at the club, having joined as a nine year old, will become a member of the 100 club sooner than later.
Well done son, you’ve shown great resolve and deserve your accolade.