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‘PRIVILEGE TO BE AT CELTIC,’ SAYS McGREGOR AS HE HAILS LENNON AND RODGERS

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CALLUM McGREGOR insists he will be around for 10-in-a-row – and is confident Neil Lennon will again lead Celtic to title success.

The 26-year-old midfielder picked up his sixth championship medal earlier this week when the SPFL awarded the Hoops their ninth consecutive flag.

McGregor played in all 30 Premiership games that had seen Lennon’s side sit on top of the table with a 13-point advantage when football went into cold storage in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Hampden chiefs eventually called time on the season on Monday and the Scotland international and his Hoops team-mates were allowed to celebrate bringing the 51st crown in the club’s history to Parkhead.

And McGregor saluted the astute management skills of Lennon who answered the Hoops’ SOS in February last year to return to the club after Brendan Rodgers’ swift and unexpected switch to Leicester City.

The anchorman, who agreed a three-year extension at the title kings last summer, told the Daily Record: “Brendan’s influence in this nine-in-a-row run shouldn’t be forgotten. He totally transformed the club.

“He took it to a different level when he came in with his exceptional standards. You couldn’t drop below it one for even one session. It was always an opportunity to get better.

“We progressed as a team and individually and his influence can still be seen on the club as a whole.

“In terms of mentality, we have now won 11 major trophies in a row and that has never been done before.

“That says everything about the psychological side of things that was drilled into us in 2016.

“Huge credit to the current gaffer as he has continued the success since taking over.

“He has always been a winner, anyway, but also sets the standards in terms of tactics, performances – everything.

“The gaffer has taken up the mantle from Brendan and we seem to be going from strength to strength.”

McGregor was on Rodgers’ radar before penning his extension and there were reports of an impending £25million bid, but the player said: “I am loving my Celtic career and it seems to be going from strength to strength.

“I signed a long-term deal last year. That’s what I wanted, that’s what the club wanted.

“We were desperate to get nine in a row and now we can put all our energy into trying to finish the job. That’s the vision the club spoke to me about. That’s where they see Celtic going.

“They want Celtic to be dominant and I want to be part of that. It’s why I pledged my long-term future to the club.

“We have done well to have this period of dominance and we want to continue it. We want everybody to stay together and have a go next season.

“What gets lost sometimes is that Celtic is a massive, worldwide club – an institution.

“To be at Celtic is a privilege.”

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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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