Ange Postecoglou delivers Monday update on injured Celtic captain Callum McGregor

By David Walton

January 24, 2022

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has delivered an update on injured captain Callum McGregor after his Alloa setback on Saturday.

The Hoops captain had to come off in the Scottish Cup clash against the Wasps after suffering a nasty facial injury. McGregor walked off holding his face after the collision, and Postecoglou said post-match that the damage was “significant” [Daily Record].

Since then, it’s been reported by the Scottish Daily Mail that Celtic hope his absence can be limited to 4 weeks as he gets set to undergo surgery [print edition, 24/01, back page].

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And today, Postecoglou has stated on Celtic TV that McGregor is feeling better about things as he touched a bit more on his injury:

“He’s better today. He wasn’t in great shape straight after the game. He probably had a slight concussion as well so he wasn’t in great shape. But I exchanged messages with him yesterday and he feels a bit better which is great. Hopefully his recovery doesn’t take too long.

“You always fear the worst. Knowing the type of character Callum is, for him to stay down and to be fair he didn’t go all the way down – he’s as brave as they come – so for him to come off we knew it was something significant.”

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Celtic fans hoping for as quickly a recovery as possible

It’s promising to hear that McGregor is in positive spirits. That’s huge in fact. Knowing that it isn’t something that’s getting him down too much will hopefully help him in his recovery process.

Of course, you could tell that Ange was trying to be as positive as possible about it. You can still see the disappointment in the Celtic boss’ face when he talks about the injury. Whilst he’s refusing to put a timeline on it at the moment, we do expect to be waiting a substantial period of time.

Hopefully, however, it will be just the 4 weeks that Callum misses. That would mean we would have him back in time for the closing stages of the title run-in as well as the latter stages of the Scottish Cup.

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In the meantime, Ange has to try and find some solutions for the upcoming matches. It doesn’t get any easier for Celtic with Hearts at Tynecastle followed by Dundee United and Rangers at Parkhead.

Missing McGregor for matches of that calibre is still a major blow. But fingers crossed his absence isn’t long-term as he look to wrestle our title back this season.

In other news, Ismaila Soro’s Celtic squad place is clear and January exit is now a priority