Celtic’s Callum McGregor is a veteran of the Glasgow derby. He has played in a host of the fixtures for the Hoops. Therefore, he is able to examine the reaction that has occurred since Celtic lost to Rangers in the last game before the winter break.
As a local player, he gets to witness the reaction to wins and losses in the derby from a close-up perspective.
McGregor described the reaction to the loss as a ‘meltdown’, but did admit that the Hoops have to make up for the defeat.
“There are a few boys in the team who are local, and we live with it 24/7. It’s great when you are doing well and the flip side is when you maybe lose a game. It’s a meltdown straight away” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“We have to be better”
“The message from us is that we know we have to be better than we were in that game, but let’s take stock and see where we are and what we have achieved already this season.”
McGregor’s comments are very self-aware. There is no doubt that the Hoops have to improve on the performance against Rangers. It is good to see that the player has admitted that.
However, as he says, the Hoops have achieved a lot this season, winning the Betfred Cup and topping the Europa League group, for example.
Performance was very poor
Still, that almost counts for nothing when you lose a Glasgow derby. Perhaps the reason for the ‘meltdown’ as McGregor calls it was that the Hoops were so poor against their bitter rivals, for the second fixture in succession.
However, it is telling that the players are well-aware that the performances from now on have to be an improvement on how the Hoops played against Rangers. That has to start a week today, when Celtic return to action to face Partick Thistle in the Scottish Cup.