Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor says he’s looking forward to “a well earned break” after a remarkably long season for club and country.
The 25-year-old’s 2018/2019 campaign came to a close on Tuesday night with Scotland’s 3-0 defeat in Belgium. It was his tenth international cap throughout the season, to add to 59 appearances for Celtic.
In fact, McGregor has bagged a pretty remarkable accolade. He’s played a total of 5894 minutes – more than any other player in world football. (transfermarkt.co.uk)
What’s he saying?
The Celtic colossus spoke to the SFA Twitter page post match in Brussels and admits he’s looking forward to a short break.
He said: “I’ll try and get a week. A wee bit of sun. I think we’re back on the 24th (June) so I’ll try and rest up till then and enjoy a well earned break.”
"There has been some real enthusiam about the place."
Callum McGregor reflects on the week as a whole under the new manager and gives his thoughts on a tough game against Belgium. pic.twitter.com/wp16yLiPBL
— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) June 11, 2019
No break at all
It seems totally remarkable that, even after such an incredibly long season, McGregor will only get around a week off. The majority of his Celtic teammates will return to training in just a few days while the likes of McGregor and James Forrest will get an extra week to recharge the batteries.
There’s not really much of a way round the issue for Celtic either. We play our first friendly under Neil Lennon at the end of the month and the Northern Irishman will want all his players buying into his way of thinking by then.
Celtic must take care of one of their main men though. McGregor was a stand-out for the majority of the season but it is fair to say that he lagged a little in the closing stages. Of course, that’s only a natural for a player playing close to 70 games over ten months, but we must still be wary.
Hopefully Lennon and his team can work out a way of keeping McGregor as fresh as possible. The midfielder is a key player but he doesn’t have to play every single game. The likes of Nir Bitton or potential new signing David Turnbull could surely fill in at home against the league’s lesser sides.