Callum McGregor explains what Celtic stars discussed after last week's Euro disappointment
Callum McGregor has divulged what the atmosphere was like after Celtic lost to Bodo/Glimt last week.
The Celtic captain cut a frustrated figure in his now customary face mask, as the Hoops squandered chances and defended loosely against the Norwegian champions. The Hoops now have to overcome a 3-1 deficit to make any further progress in the UEFA Europa Conference League.
And McGregor says there was a universal reaction of disappointment. But he stresses that everyone was listening to the boss after the game, and that they used that frustration and channeled it into a win against Dundee.
McGregor said [Celtic FC]: “We were all disappointed in the result.
“You know, the manager [felt] exactly the same. He always wants better, and when you lose football matches it hurts. It hurts everyone.
“So, we just had to come in, we had our debrief as normal. The way he analyses the matches, he tries not to look at results too much, he looks more at performance. If the performance is right, you normally get the right outcome. So it’s just about learning from the mistakes we made in terms of goals in transition. When we got around the box, we probably lacked – for the first time in a few weeks – that wee bit of quality to penetrate, and finish the last wee bit of the move.
“He was good. Obviously, we’re disappointed but you have to learn. What we did was, we showed a positive reaction at the weekend, to get a positive result. We try and take that into the game tomorrow night.”
Callum McGregor and Celtic have to go for it against Bodo/Glimt tomorrow night
It’s the sign of a good team, if you can come away from a disappointment and turn it into a victory in your next performance. Of course, it’s the sign of an even better team if you can thread together the kind of form Celtic have in recent months.
Bodo/Glimt were a real test though, and they will be tomorrow night. Celtic, and specifically Callum McGregor, though, won’t feel as if they got played off the park by the Norwegian champions. On the night, they were more clinical than the Bhoys.
There’s nothing to suggest, then, that there’s no chance to reverse our fortunes. To overturn this deficit, by focusing on performance and not the aggregate scoreline.
It was out of character for Celtic to be so wasteful, as they were last Thursday night. That was immediately proven to be a blip rather than a new trend, immediately putting 3 past Dundee to secure another vital win in the Scottish Premiership.
So, McGregor’s right; it’s about learning and a positive reaction.
Let’s hope that’s what we see tomorrow night in the Arctic Circle.