With two goals in his last two games, Callum McGregor has risen to prominence at Parkhead in the last week, and he has admitted to the Evening Times that he wants to stay with Celtic for 10 years.
When asked about his struggles at Parkhead, and potentially leaving Celtic, the midfielder said: “I don’t think I ever thought I’d be better moving on. When I came back from Notts County last summer, I got my chance straight away and hit the ground running. Then I fell out the team but everybody told me that can happen. This is a great club and I want to be here for 10 years. I don’t have any desire to move on. I want to stay at Celtic and stay in this team.”
McGregor scored 14 goals and registered one assist whilst on loan at Notts County last season, and he started this season as part of Ronny Delia’s first-team set-up at Parkhead.
He was not being used in Europe, but was appearing regularly in the League - until he started struggling for game time around the start of October.
He looked to be falling out of favour under Deila, but a start in the Europa League against Ajax on Thursday was rewarded with a goal, and the 22-year-old followed that up at the weekend with a strike in the 3-1 win over Inverness CT.
He has established himself as a key player in just two games, and with his eye for goal now one of Celtic’s biggest weapons, Deila would be a fool to leave him out of his starting line-ups for the foreseeable future.
Despite his playing career at Parkhead being under threat earlier in the season, McGregor has admitted he never thought that leaving Celtic would be a good idea, even when he was out of the team.
He wants to be part of this Bhoys team, and the midfielder has admitted that staying at the club for upwards of 10 years would be his dream.
McGregor’s turn-around from outcast to key player in the space of a week was unpredictable a few days ago, but now he looks to be a key player for Deila’s champions elect.