Callum McGregor explains what Ronny Deila told him when out of the Celtic team

Callum McGregor has recently established himself as a key Celtic player.

McGregor has had to wait for his chance under Ronny Deila this season, and the midfielder has revealed to the Evening Times what the head coach said to him whilst out of the team.

The 22-year-old: “The manager was always good with me. He told me to try and get back in the team. He believes in me and always has. Even when I wasn’t in the team, he put his arm round me and said that I would get a chance. He told me to keep going and he’s been true to his word. That’s been great.”

Deila started the campaign with McGregor as one of his squad players in the league, whilst refusing to use him in Europe.

Around the beginning of October, the midfielder then fell out of the side in domestic action, and it appeared as if he would have better spent the season away from Parkhead on loan. The midfielder was with Notts County last term, and another loan spell would have guaranteed him consistent first-team football.

However, Deila opted to recall McGregor into his side last week, starting the midfielder against Ajax in the Europa League.

Delia’s faith was rewarded as McGregor netted the opening goal of the game after just four minutes, and although the Bhoys lost, McGregor kept his place in the starting XI this weekend against Inverness CT, and managed to score in a 3-1 win.

He seems to have established himself as a key player after just two games back in the side, and the words of Deila to keep fighting for his place seem to have played a large role in McGregor getting back into the Celtic team after his struggles in the opening weeks of the campaign.

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