Callum McGregor boost for Celtic

By John McGinley

September 30, 2021

Callum McGregor hasn’t been ruled out of involvement in tonight’s Celtic match at home to Bayer Leverkusen, despite the player only recently returning to training.

Ange Postecoglou has confirmed a decision is yet to be made on whether he will feature against the Germans. The player himself set to help make the call.

The Bhoys boss told The Scotsman: “We haven’t ruled Callum out for tomorrow night. He trained today and we will just see how he pulls up in training. He may very well be involved tomorrow night.

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“I think Steve Clarke has already said that if Callum plays then he will obviously take him. I see no reason why he shouldn’t select him, particularly if he’s pretty close to returning to play. While he’s away with the Scotland squad I’m pretty sure he will get looked after as well as all the other players. So I have no issue with that.

“He [McGregor] is an experienced guy, he knows his body better than anyone else. But he is important to us so we don’t want to just rush him in there. If he feels comfortable and he’s got through training OK, I will have a discussion with him. Then we will make a decision from there.

“Obviously there are still some hurdles to jump. But I’m hoping, with him and a couple of others, that we will get some game time from them whether that’s tomorrow or Sunday’s game. And then, with the international break coming after that, post-that we can have everyone available.”

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McGregor seems to be the closest of the injured group that will be able to feature for Celtic imminently. Kyogo Furuhashi and Giorgos Giakoumakis are most likely to get some time off the bench against Aberdeen on Sunday.

Rushing the Scotland midfielder back for tonight from the start might not make much sense given the risks involved. However, having him available from the bench before starting at Pittodrie sounds feasible now.

The period since the last international break has been pretty disastrous for Celtic, but there is hope that we can get back to top form after our players jet off for the latest national duty early next month.

Getting a consistently strong eleven and bench available for matchdays will be key for Postecoglou finding the results we need to find before our season hits the buffers completely.

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