Celtic came from behind to move 12 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership table on Sunday afternoon, meaning they are well on track for a ninth straight league title.
Neil Lennon’s side eased to a 3-1 victory against Kilmarnock after the visitors netted an early 6th-minute penalty.
Goals from Kristoffer Ajer, Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths sealed all three points at Celtic Park.
But it was fill-in skipper for the afternoon Callum McGregor who received the bulk of the praise following his performance in the heart of the pitch in Scott Brown’s absence.
Here’s what has been said…
Callum McGregor appreciation tweet
— Johnpaul MacDonald (@jpmac_91) February 23, 2020
Callum McGregor was immense today, set the tone with his pressing in midfield and composure on the ball. Being a leader doesn’t mean that you have to shout loud and put in hard tackles like Scott Brown does. He’s a great example of a leader as he will always leave everything
— Reece (@_RH67) February 23, 2020
Great character the day didn't panic about goin behind and a Callum McGregor masterclass. God bless Glasgow Celtic 💚
— Muir.A (@muirybhoy) February 23, 2020
Callum McGregor was fantastic today. Energy all over the pitch, set the tone for the performance! Such a class footballer
The title gets even closer!! 🍀🍀🍀
— ⚒Brendan 8IAR Quinn🍀☘🍊 (@quinzo82) February 23, 2020
Very few teams Callum McGregor wouldn’t get into, unreal.
— LB (@LB_1888) February 23, 2020
Callum McGregor is different gravy. Genuinely couldn’t put a price on him, priceless to Celtic.
— Paul (@P__67) February 23, 2020
Callum Mcgregor was outstanding today.. champions!!!! 👏🏻
— paul mulvaney (@paulmulvaney3) February 23, 2020
Callum McGregor was excellent today. He plays his best football when Brown isnt in the team. Ive been quite happy with Brown this season but facts are facts.
— WolfgangDikface (@WolfgangDikface) February 23, 2020
There were so many superlatives used to describe the 26-year-old’s showing, but “masterclass” and “outstanding” tend to sum it up best.
One supporter couldn’t put a price on the midfielder, labelling him as “priceless” whilst another claimed he was “different gravy” on the pitch.
A further member of the Hoops faithful even believed he would get into most teams in the world.
It has led to calls for him to become the future captain of Celtic with some seeing him as the perfect ready-made replacement for the current skipper.
Callum McGregor yesterday was outstanding what a shift he put in captain in the making👏🏻👏🏻
— Ross Mitchell RC (@67Rossco) February 24, 2020
@ClydeSSB McGregor was outstanding again today definitely a full time future Celtic captain in my eyes
— Tghailhail67 (@tghailhail67) February 23, 2020
When the time is right we have a ready made Captain in McGregor. Fought and scrapped for everything today and was all over the pitch bossing it… he relished that captains armband pic.twitter.com/hW5glD6Nue
— Steviebhoy (@stevie75bhoy) February 23, 2020
Terrific performance. Absolutely no complaints. Have full confidence in McGregor as Broony’s replacement. Captain material.
— Lainey Donnel 🏴⚽️ (@LaineyDonnel) February 23, 2020
“Captain in the making” and “captain material” were two phrases used to emphasise this point.
McGregor has played a whopping 46 times in all competitions, which would suggest he certainly has the legs and durability over the 34-year-old.
In that run, the Scotsman has netted 11 goals and provided ten assists, playing primarily in central midfield, per Transfermarkt.
And in other news, might Celtic have a new Tosh McKinlay in their possession…?