This came after Carton was hosting the latest episode of the Grand Auld podcast and the panel talked about numerous issues involving the Parkhead-based side. One topic of discussion was the situation of McGregor and his future at the club and whether he can be a captain of the club. Carton has no doubt about the fact that McGregor is being moulded as the next club captain.
McGregor is a product of the club’s youth academy and while he did spend a loan stint at Notts County, he’s now an ever-present part of the club’s first-team and he’s been a regular for the Bhoys even in the 2020/21 campaign (as per Transfermarkt).
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Carton said that because of McGregor, he’s not worried about the void of leadership that Scott Brown is leaving behind as the midfielder could become a ‘brilliant’ captain for the Bhoys.
He said (23:06): “I’m not quite as worried about the Scott Brown void, as a lot of people and I’m certainly not as worried as I was a couple of years ago, 18 months ago, I think Callum McGregor has so clearly been readied as the next captain and that’s been the case for a couple of seasons now.
“And I know a lot of people have some reservations about Callum McGregor. I think he’s going to be a brilliant Celtic captain. I really do. I’ve got no worries about that. I’ve got no worries about Callum McGregor going down south as I think a lot of people do.”
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Leicester City have previously been linked with a move for the £5.85m-rated McGregor but the Scotsman’s current deal at Celtic runs out in the summer of 2024, meaning that he’s committed to the club in the long term.
On top of that, McGregor has already captained the Hoops sometimes this season, which suggests that he’s seen as a future captain on a regular basis as well. He’s constantly played over 2000 minutes in the Premiership seasons over the years, which shows that he’s a consistent performer.
So because of that, it is easy to imagine why McGregor can captain the club in the longer term and replace Brown in that regard.