Celtic vice-captain Callum McGregor: "guard these trophies with your life"

By Euan Davidson

March 17, 2021

Celtic vice-captain Callum McGregor has spoken ahead of Sunday’s Glasgow Derby.

Talking to Celtic TV, the Hoops stalwart spoke on tactics, the absence of supporters and the immediate impact of John Kennedy. CalMac was keen to stress the good work the interim Celtic boss has done, and the work the team are doing in Lennoxtown.

McGregor said:

“[The coaches] have been excellent. [We have] three really good coaches, and I think a lot of the tactical stuff we’ve done has been really good.

“I think there’s been some real positives, and that comes purely from training, implementing the tactics and having a real intensity to the game.”

Callum McGregor and Scott Sinclair with the Scottish Cup in 2018 / (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

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Celtic vice-captain Callum McGregor: “guard these trophies with your life”

The interview, however, was etched with a degree of disappointment. With the league title gone, the Bhoys have only the Scottish Cup to play for.

The tournament had been plagued by cancellation fears. However, the SFA are planning to proceed with the oldest competition in world football, scheduling a final for May. It’s a final that Celtic vice-captain Callum McGregor sorely wants to be at.

He said:

“If this period’s taught us anything, it’s to really guard these trophies with your life, and that [the Scottish Cup] is the last one we have got this season.

“We don’t want to give that up. We want to be approaching every match the same as what we do. But there is an added edge now that you’ve lost two so you’re not losing that third one.

“That has to be a motivation for the season now, to go and finish the season on a high.”

Finishing 20-21, a torrid season, with some much-needed joy is prerogative for Celtic. However, Callum McGregor acutely knows the expectations of supporters. If anyone is ready to revitalise this ailing campaign, it’s him.

Any sort of turnaround begins in earnest on Sunday, with our biggest rivals coming north of the Clyde.

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