Celtic's summer error which is being exposed by star's recent form

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Celtic's offer of a five-year deal for Callum McGregor now looks to be a mistake.

Celtic may have jumped the gun by offering Callum McGregor a new five-year-contract at the start of the season. 

McGregor made a blistering opening to the campaign, forcing his way into Ronny Deila's initial starting line-ups and being one of the Bhoys' most notable performers.

The attacking midfielder came into the season fresh off the back of a successful loan move to League One Notts County and he was clearly full of confidence. 

McGregor looked a cut above the rest of the Celtic team in the first few matches they played, with his performances suggesting that his future was extremely exciting.

The 21-year-old scored four times in his first seven games this campaign and his reward was a new long-term contract. 

It was a deal which was well received at the time and the expectation was that McGregor would go from strength to strength with this security over his future.

However, things have quickly deteriorated for the winger as his form has taken a turn for the worse, and there are now question marks forming over his ability. 

McGregor's start seems to have been misleading and the signs are that he still has a sizeable amount of development to do before he is ready to play for Celtic. 

The winger is now struggling to even make the substitutes' bench for Deila's side and his last league start came back in October 2014. 

With the addition of Gary Mackay-Steven, the academy product's future prospects look even more limited and there may be some regret that he was handed such a long extension to his contract.

Although there was some logic behind Celtic's offer when they gave McGregor the chance to extend his stay, it is hard not to think that the deal was slightly premature and the wide-man will have to improve considerably to repay his manager's faith. 

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