Celtic return to league action on Saturday when they travel to Hamilton aiming to make it five league wins from their first five games of the season.
One player who could have an impact on the game is Callum McGregor. He has played a key role in Celtic’s last four visits to the Fountain Of Youth stadium. All of which have ended in a Celtic victory.
In the 3-0 win in December 2016, his assist helped Leigh Griffiths open the scoring. In the 4-1 win in September 2017, he provided an assist for Stuart Armstrong’s opening goal. During the 2-1 win in April 2018 he opened the scoring for the Hoops. Finally, in Celtic’s most recent visit to the stadium last November, his assist set up Ryan Christie to open the scoring in a 3-0 win.
Record makes player seem like a certain starter
With that record, it seems certain that McGregor will start for Celtic against Hamilton, despite playing twice for Scotland on international duty.
A good performance against Hamilton could really kickstart McGregor’s season. So far this season after 12 games, he has three goals and one assist.
That is a decent return, but the player has not started the season in the very best of form. However, he did show signs of returning to form in the recent win over Rangers.
Perhaps if McGregor didn’t have such a good record at Hamilton, Neil Lennon would consider resting the player for the game. Playing two games for Scotland can’t have been easy at this stage of the season.
May not need to play 90 minutes
However, it makes sense for McGregor to start the match given his recent performances at the venue. McGregor doesn’t even have to play the full 90 minutes to make an impact.
A goal and an assist in the first-half, and Neil Lennon can take McGregor off at half-time and give the player a much-needed break.
It has been a good start to the season for Celtic. But it could get even better once McGregor finds his best form. The statistics suggest it could happen against Hamilton.