Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor has been speaking about his time on loan at Notts County and a fairly special fellow loanee he played with at Meadow Lane.
The player in question was Aston Villa’s current captain Jack Grealish. The duo were instrumental in helping the struggling Magpies survive the drop from the English Football League back in 2014.
The then-20-year-old was sent to County in order to gain first-team football, as he struggled to find his way into Neil Lennon’s Celtic first-team.
Grealish was just 18 and the pair formed an impressive attacking threat that helped Notts County stave off relegation.
Speaking to The Scotsman this week McGregor, who has become a vital part of the Celtic first-team picture, expressed just how impressed he was with Grealish during his time at the club.
“From day one, you could see that Jack had a lot of potential. He would dribble past people as if he was just jogging.
“He has that God-given talent where he just glides beyond defenders and we all expected him to have a great career.
“I felt he would become a top player and you can see him maturing for Villa now and becoming a real talisman. It was about Jack progressing as a player and a character, but I’m not surprised at his success.”
Since then, Grealish has had to mature to battle injuries and get straight off the pitch and, as a whole, has done a fine job doing so.
Now the Aston Villa star is looking like a future England international who has been linked with big-money moves to Premier League clubs such as Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
Clearly, based on his comments, McGregor is not surprised at the development of Aston Villa’s crown jewel.