Callum McGregor's Celtic vow after liking what he's seen in Bhoys training
Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor has insisted that the competitive edge in pre-season has set the Hoops up well for the opening game of the campaign against Aberdeen.
The Bhoys find themselves in a unique situation going into the 2022/23 season, having not taken part in any competitive fixtures or Champions League qualifiers.
On the opposite side of things, the Hoops opponents Aberdeen have already been involved in Premier Sports Cup action, winning four games from four in the group stages of the competition.
However, across pre-season, Celtic have been involved in six friendly matches, with the majority providing a competitive edge to them.
Fixtures against Rapid Vienna and Banik Ostrava, in front of large crowds in Europe, appear to have set Postecoglou’s side up nicely for the Scottish Premiership opener this weekend.
And that is exactly the attitude Celtic captain Callum McGregor is taking into the game, insisting that the squad will be ready for the test of Aberdeen, thanks to the competitive nature of training and friendlies across the last few weeks.
When asked if Aberdeen had some advantage due to having already played competitive fixtures, he said [Celtic FC]: “I don’t think so. I think the training within the group has been really competitive.
“Even the pre-season games, there’s been an edge to the games as well, which is sometimes unusual for pre-season. You know, everybody’s thinking about trying to get through them and not get injured.
“But I think the games that we have played, there’s been a real edge about it, we’ve played at a good tempo, and like I say, just the way that we train every day is hopefully preparing us for the games.
“So, we have to attack the game (against Aberdeen) at the weekend, the same way that we do every other one, and if we’re ready to go, we try and put in a big performance and start the season off in a good light.”
Pre-season preparations have set Celtic squad up well for tough start.
Although they have only faced lower league opposition, Aberdeen has enjoyed a decent start to the season, and Sunday’s game should prove to be a tough test.
However, the friendly fixtures put in place for Ange Postecoglou’s squad this summer have provided the ideal conditions to prepare for our title defence.
The competitive edge to those games should have the Hoops ready to go right from the off at Celtic Park this weekend, and the Bhoys will be hoping to make a fast start in the league.
Not only will the result be important for Postecoglou, though, but also the performance of his players, who will be looking to carry over their strong end to last season into this campaign.