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McGREGOR AGREES NEW HOOPS DEAL

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CELTIC midfielder Callum McGregor has agreed a bumper new deal that will keep him at the champions until 2023, at least.

The 25-year-old Scotland international playmaker signed the extension to his current contract which still had two-and-a-half years to run.

He played his 41st match of a hectic season as the Hoops thumped Motherwell 3-0 at Parkhead last night.

The Glaswegian, a former ball-boy at the club, joins James Forrest, Olivier Ntcham, Tom Rogic and Mikey Johnston in penning a long-term deal.

McGregor was linked with Premier League outfit Bournemouth earlier this month, but has now pledged his future to his boyhood favourites.

The news was confirmed in a statement from the club which read: “Celtic are delighted to announce that Callum McGregor has agreed a new deal which will see him remain with the club until at least the summer of 2023.”

McGregor – who made his 200th appearance for the team in the 2-0 loss against Hibs at Easter Road on Sunday – has scored 34 goals, including the winner on his debut in July 2014 when he netted the only goal in a victory against KR Reykjavik in a Champions League qualifier.

He has won four Premiership titles, three League Cups and two Scottish Cups with the club.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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