Callum McGregor admits that the Celtic camp had an eye on more than just their next game as the prepared to round of 2019 with five successive Premiership matches.
Neil Lennon has continually gone on record about the need for his side to focus on the next game, and the next game only. But it seems like he and his squad had a more general view after rounding off their Europa League campaign against Cluj.
Five league matches were to follow before the winter break with Hibernian, Hearts, Aberdeen and St. Mirren soon taken care of, and just Rangers to go for a 100% winning record.
Victory over the Gers on Sunday will see Lennon’s men a whopping eight points clear as we enter the shutdown. And McGregor reckons that would leave his side in “a good place.”
“We looked at the fixtures and at the last five before the break,” the midfielder told the Daily Record. “We knew if we could win them all we’d be in a good place. We’ve done four, now we need to rest, recover and try to get that fifth one.
“We’re in a good place with a lot of wins in a row so we’ve got that run going and we want to protect it. Derby games are special, so we won’t need any extra motivation.”
Beating Rangers would cap off perfect month
It is interesting to hear McGregor admit that the team do have slightly longer-term goals than just winning the next match. Lennon obviously made it clear that the side had such a big opportunity in their final five games before the end of the year.
We haven’t really been totally convincing in any of the four wins but we’ve deserved all of our victories. Beating teams like Hibernian and Aberdeen at such an exhausting part of the season is no mean feat, and Lennon and the side deserve immense credit despite the slight lull in performance.
We were never going to win the league in December. But victory on Sunday would make things look very good indeed. Hopefully McGregor and the rest of the side can do themselves proper justice, unlike in the Betfred Cup final.