One of the most intriguing things about the next couple of months will be the role Brendan Rodgers assigns to Callum McGregor. Having talked about wanted “power” in the team, it’s clear that he’s talking about bringing in a midfield hard man. That guy, presumably, will play in the position Callum McGregor currently holds down.
But as Rodgers has made plain, Callum McGregor is a critical part of his Celtic plans, and that drops a very big hint that the captain will be played further forward. That might be the best thing to happen to us.
That will restore him to what I think is his best position.
Others may disagree, but I miss the Callum McGregor of old, the number 8, the guy who got forward and scored goals. I want to see that player restored to his true position at Celtic Park. Much as I love him in the role he currently inhabits, he’s wasted there … his real value to the team is at its creative heart. That’s a change I think we’re going to see.
There are other players in the squad who can take on the defensive duties. Iwata might be called upon to do so. Matt O’Riley crucially has looked very good there. The team has good options in it at the moment and it never hurts that we have money to spend.
Everyone at the club is going to get a chance to impress Rodgers, but Callum McGregor already has of course.
It’s probably not an exaggeration to say that he was the single biggest influence on our captain’s career and I can imagine how please McGregor is to have him here. Their partnership prior to this was excellent.
The good times are about to roll again.