McLeish hails done deal for transforming Celtic after manager leak
Alex McLeish has suggested Callum McGregor’s newly-signed contract has “rallied” the Celtic dressing room together after Neil Lennon blasted certain players’ attitudes last season.
The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 28-year-old will be helping Ange Postecoglou get everyone pulling in the same direction.
As quoted by the Scottish Sun (10th October), Lennon dropped the bombshell leaked that some players made themselves unavailable when fit last term and that it “ate into the dressing room”.
The Northern Irish boss suggested the players in question “dragged down” the likes of McGregor and Scott Brown.
After struggling last season, Celtic have failed to hit top form under Postecoglou this term.
However, McLeish suggested a lack of quality, rather than attitude problems, was the problem.
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He claimed the presence of McGregor, who signed a new contract last month, will have helped.
Asked if he had seen a change in Celtic’s body language this season, McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “It’s hard to judge body language.
“When you see Celtic lose 4-3 in Seville (v Real Betis), you’re wondering is it because of body language? Or is it because they’re not quite at the level they were the previous three or four years?
“I think it’d probably be a bit of both. Postecoglou would relish getting to the level Brendan Rodgers was with his team, his players and squad.
“I don’t think they’re quite there yet. Whether the body language is a lot better is a different matter.
“I would expect McGregor, having signed a new contract, would be rallying the troops in there.
“Being a good leader in the dressing room and therefore creating a good atmosphere. Trying to buy into the manager’s thoughts and the way he wants to play.
“However, for some of the guys it is hard for them to kind of evolve in the system.”