Callum McGregor admits Celtic dressing room are talking about the issue deeply frustrating supporters

By John McGinley

December 24, 2021

Callum McGregor has shared that the Celtic dressing are internally discussing the need to stop wasting so many chances in front of the opposition’s goal.

McGregor, as Celtic captain, is always honest about what’s going right and wrong with the team. His comments often have insight beyond basic press platitudes.

After a 0-0 draw against St Mirren on Wednesday night, questions from the press naturally shifted to the profligacy in front of goal over the last couple of months.

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Celtic captain Callum McGregor is honest about issues

Lots of chances are being created, but not enough goals are being scored from them. It’s a worrying trend and one McGregor is dedicated to getting to the bottom of.

As quoted by The Scottish Daily Mail [24/12 print edition, page 72] he said: “It was really frustrating. We had enough opportunities, balls flashed across the face of goal, enough chances in general to win the game.

“It’s a little bit like where we’ve been at recently. We’ve managed to just get over the line in certain games of late. We need to be more ruthless. When these chances come we need to take them.

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“We’ve spoken about it internally. We shouldn’t need ten chances to win a game. One or two should be enough. The way teams are setting up against us now, it’s more than likely we’re going to need to get one or two to score and get your points. It’s something to work on in training.”

Let’s be honest, it’s already predictable that the upcoming St Johnstone game will follow a similar pattern to the St Mirren match, and the Ross County one last week.

Celtic will absolutely dominate possession, our opponents will camp in their box and hope for a point.

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A point could be crucial to St Johnstone’s relegation fight, so we can’t really blame them.

It’s up to the Bhoys to find a way to stick these chances away and if that means a heart-to-heart in the dressing room and different sessions on the training pitch then so be it.

The status quo of dominating the ball, peppering the box and not putting one away can’t continue.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou delivers grim Celtic squad update ahead of Boxing Day clash