Callum McGregor believes he can achieve further success with Celtic after agreeing to extend his contract with the club he joined as a boy.
The 28-year-old came through the club’s youth system and has now signed a deal keeping him at Parkhead until 2026, and aims to see out his career at Celtic.
McGregor wants the next few years to be filled with success on a domestic and European level and said he had discussed the club’s vision for the future with the board before committing.
“I love playing for this club,” he said. “It’s been my whole life and I enjoy my football here.
“I’ve had some good discussions with the board in terms of where we see the club going and they were very, very positive. The negotiations were very quick.
“I want to keep us in a successful period. It’s been great for the club so far. We hit a stumbling block last season, but I believe the foundations are here for the club to be successful for many years.”
The Scotland midfielder sees this as a good time for the national game and has his eye on the title and the automatic gateway to the Champions League group stages that prize would bring.
“Scottish football is in a good place as well in terms of European places, the coefficient is good, and the national team is doing well as well,” the Celtic captain said.
“It’s our job to keep pushing the standards in Scottish football and getting us on to that European stage.
“You get to the scenario where if you win the league you go straight back into the Champions League.
“That’s a huge incentive for clubs in Scotland, it’s a huge incentive for ourselves, and we have to make sure we are putting ourselves in the best possible place to be there come the end of the season.
“It’s an exciting time for Scottish football and Celtic. I want to be part of that, I want to head it and give my best and try to make this club successful.”