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Billy Stark tips McGregor to become new Celtic captain

Billy Stark has tipped Callum McGregor to become the new Celtic captain in an exclusive interview with Daily Record.

Celtic are looking for a new skipper for the first time in over a decade after Scott Brown’s departure. The Scotland international departed the club following the expiration of his contract to join Aberdeen as a player/coach.

McGregor joins up with the Hoops’ pre-season training camp in Wales following Euro 2020.

The 28-year-old came through the Glasgow giants’ academy all the way through to the first team. He’s made over 300 appearances, winning six Scottish Premiership titles.

Speaking about the midfielder, Stark said: “…if you look at the quality of player and person that have held that honour then I think Callum will fit into that nicely.”

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“He has a terrific personality, is a great professional and it’s no great surprise to me he’s in line for this honour. Some might say he’s not the archetypal captain like Scott Brown – the vocal, heart on sleeve type.”

“Nobody would say he was like a young Roy Aitken or John Greig or whatever. But in terms of leading by standard of performance, he was excellent.”

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TBR View: McGregor a natural successor from Brown as the new Celtic captain

Of all the qualities you want from a player, leading by example is a key one.

Last season was a desperately poor season for the Bhoys, however, McGregor was one bright spot.

No player made more appearances than the Scotland international. He was also a creative spark for the Hoops, creating the second-most goals.

And aside from quality, the figure is one of the most experienced players in the current squad. Handing him the armband proves a no-brainer especially following the loss of Brown.

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