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Callum William McGregor (born 14 June 1993) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays for Scottish Premiership club Celtic as a midfielder. He has previously played for Notts County on loan and has represented Scotland at every youth international stage and at full level.

Callum McGregor
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McGregor in 2018
Personal information
Full name Callum William McGregor[1]
Date of birth (1993-06-14) 14 June 1993 (age 26)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Celtic
Number 42
Youth career
2001–2013 Celtic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013– Celtic 147 (22)
2013–2014Notts County (loan) 37 (12)
National team
2008 Scotland U15 2 (0)
2008–2009 Scotland U16 3 (1)
2009–2011 Scotland U17 8 (8)
2011–2013 Scotland U19 8 (2)
2012 Scotland U20 1 (0)
2013–2014 Scotland U21 5 (1)
2017– Scotland 15 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 May 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:52, 11 September 2019 (UTC)

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Club careerEdit

McGregor began his career with Scottish club Celtic, coming through the club's youth system alongside Dylan McGeouch[3] who was also a teammate in youth Victory Shield internationals at Under-16 level; at that time McGregor was a pupil at Lochend Community High School in Easterhouse.[4] He scored a hat-trick for Celtic in the 8–0 2012 Scottish Youth Cup Final victory over Queen of the South at Hampden Park.[5] McGregor appeared in four successive Scottish Youth Cup finals between 2010 and 2013, with club winning all of them.[6]

He joined English League One club Notts County on a five-month loan in August 2013.[7] He scored on his debut for the "Magpies" on 7 August, in a 3–2 win over Fleetwood Town at Meadow Lane in the First Round of the League Cup.[8]

McGregor made his first team debut for Celtic against KR Reykjavík on 15 July 2014 in a Champions League qualifier and he scored the only goal of the game.[9][10] He also scored against Legia Warsaw and NK Maribor in subsequent qualifying rounds.

McGregor made his Scottish Premiership debut against St Johnstone on 13 August 2014 and scored a goal in a 3–0 victory for Celtic. On 29 August 2014, McGregor signed a new five-year contract with Celtic.[11]

He made his 100th appearance for the club in a 2–1 win at Dundee on 19 March 2017.[12][3] McGregor scored in two successive Old Firm victories against Rangers in the space of a week in April 2017.[13][14] In the 2017 Scottish Cup Final, McGregor started in his usual midfield position but played the majority of the match at left back after an injury to Kieran Tierney. His replacement in midfield, Tom Rogic, scored the winning goal for Celtic.[15]

Having previously been on target in qualifying matches, on 31 October 2017 McGregor scored his first goal in the group stages of the Champions League, striking the equaliser at home to Bayern Munich (James Forrest providing the assist), although the German team responded to claim a 2–1 win.[16] Celtic then dropped into the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League, in which McGregor scored the only goal in the first leg of the last-32 tie with Zenit St Petersburg.[17] On 19 May 2018, McGregor scored the opening goal in the Scottish Cup final.[18] This secured a second consecutive domestic treble for Celtic, the first time this had been done in Scottish football history.[18]

McGregor signed a new contract with Celtic in December 2018, which is due to run until the end of the 2022–23 season.[19] He made his 200th Celtic appearance against Hibernian at Easter Road in the same month.[20] In May 2019, he was nominated for the season's PFA Scotland Players' Player of the Year; the award was won by teammate James Forrest.[21] However, McGregor beat Forrest to Celtic's club awards, winning both the official and the players' category accolades.[22] He played more minutes than any other player in world football for club and country 2018–19,[23] as Celtic won a third consecutive treble.[24]

International careerEdit

Making his debut in October 2013, McGregor made five appearances and scored one goal for the Scotland national under-21 football team.[25] He was added to the full Scotland squad for the first time in August 2014, soon after he broke into the Celtic first team.[25]

In October 2017, McGregor was once again included in the full squad for two 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Slovakia and Slovenia, but remained on the bench during both games.[26] He made his debut a month later, starting in a friendly against the Netherlands.[27]

Personal lifeEdit

In February 2016 McGregor was stopped by the police and charged with drunk driving, having already been convicted and banned for speeding the previous year; he was later disqualified for a year.[28]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 28 May 2019[29]
Club Season Division League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Celtic 2013–14[30] Scottish Premiership 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15[31] Scottish Premiership 18 2 0 0 2 0 11 3 0 0 31 5
2015–16[32] Scottish Premiership 27 4 3 1 2 0 2 1 0 0 34 6
2016–17[33] Scottish Premiership 31 6 4 1 2 0 9 0 0 0 46 7
2017–18[34] Scottish Premiership 36 7 5 2 4 1 10 2 0 0 55 12
2018–19[35] Scottish Premiership 35 3 4 0 4 0 16 3 0 0 59 6
Total 147 22 16 4 14 1 50 9 0 0 227 36
Notts County (loan) 2013–14[30] League One 37 12 1[a] 0 2[b] 1 0 0 1[c] 1 41 14
Career total 184 34 17 4 16 2 50 9 1 1 257 50

InternationalEdit

As of 23:59, 20 November 2018[36]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Scotland 2017 1 0
2018 8 0
Total 9 0

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Callum McGregor". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Callum McGregor Profile". NottsCounty.co.uk. Archived from the original on 5 February 2016. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b McConnell, Alison (16 March 2017). "Double celebrations looms for Callum McGregor". Evening Times. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Under 16 Sky Sports Victory Shield Scotland v Northern Ireland". Scottish Football Association. 7 November 2008. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  5. ^ Henderson, Mark (23 April 2012). "Eightsome reel at Hampden as young Celts lift Youth Cup". Celtic F.C. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d e "WHO IS CALLUM MCGREGOR?". Video Celts. 16 July 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Notts County sign Celtic midfielder on loan". BBC Sport. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  8. ^ "Notts County 3 - 2 Fleetwood". BBC Sport. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  9. ^ "KR Reykjavík 0-1 Celtic". BBC Sport. 15 July 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2014.
  10. ^ "Goal hero Callum McGregor dreaming of going from public park to Celtic Park for Champions League nights". Daily Record. 16 July 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  11. ^ "Celtic's Callum McGregor signs new five-year contract". BBC Sport. 29 August 2017.
  12. ^ "McGregor: We'll continue to be relentless in pursuit of success". Celtic FC. 29 March 2017. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  13. ^ "Celtic 2:0 Rangers". BBC Sport. 23 April 2017. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  14. ^ "Rangers 1:5 Celtic". BBC Sport. 29 April 2017. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  15. ^ "Celtic 2 Aberdeen 1: Tom Rogic shatters Dons to secure historic clean sweep with Scottish Cup final win". The Daily Telegraph. 27 May 2017. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  16. ^ "Celtic 1-2 Bayern". UEFA.com. 31 October 2017. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  17. ^ Dowden, Martin (15 February 2018). "Celtic 1–0 Zenit St Petersburg". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  18. ^ a b c "Celtic 2–0 Motherwell". BBC Sport. 19 May 2018. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  19. ^ "Celtic: Midfielder Callum McGregor signs new deal". BBC Sport. 20 December 2018. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  20. ^ "McGregor: We're focused on delivering positive result at Paradise". Celtic FC. 19 December 2018. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  21. ^ "Player of the Year: Old Firm quartet vie for PFA Scotland top prize". BBC Sport. 5 May 2019. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  22. ^ "Cal Mac clinches a double at Player of the Year awards". Celtic FC. 30 April 2019. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  23. ^ "Callum McGregor looking forward to a break after long season". 12 June 2019. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  24. ^ "The incredible stats behind Celtic's unprecedented treble treble". The Scotsman. 28 May 2019. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  25. ^ a b "Gordon Strachan calls up Callum McGregor and Craig Gordon". BBC Sport. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  26. ^ "Callum McGregor insists latest international call-up was 'massive' despite Celtic midfielder still waiting to win his first Scotland cap". Daily Mail. 19 October 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  27. ^ "Scotland 0—1 Netherlands". BBC Sport. 9 November 2017. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  28. ^ "A year on Callum McGregor reflects on mistake he feared cost him his Celtic career". The Herald. 9 January 2017. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  29. ^ "C. McGregor". Soccerway. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  30. ^ a b "Games played by Callum McGregor in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  31. ^ "Games played by Callum McGregor in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  32. ^ "Games played by Callum McGregor in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  33. ^ "Games played by Callum McGregor in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  34. ^ "Games played by Callum McGregor in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  35. ^ "Games played by Callum McGregor in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  36. ^ Callum McGregor at the Scottish Football Association
  37. ^ "Celtic secured an eighth consecutive title in style with a convincing win away to wasteful Aberdeen". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  38. ^ "Heart of Midlothian 1-2 Celtic". BBC Sport. 25 May 2019. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  39. ^ "Motherwell 0 - 2 Celtic". BBC Sport. 26 November 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  40. ^ "Champion youth side make it eight-in-a-row". Video Celts. 24 May 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  41. ^ "Celtic FC U19's Secure The 2010 – 2011 Clydesdale Bank SPL Championship". Footy Scraps. 24 April 2011. Retrieved 16 June 2019.

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