Callum McGregor on the pressure Celtic felt under during cup final

By John Reid

December 11, 2019

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor felt that the team were under huge pressure during the Betfred Cup semi-final against Steven Gerrard’s Rangers.

The Hoops didn’t turn in their best performance in the match, and were under the cosh for large parts of the game, which was won 1-o thanks to Christopher Jullien’s goal.

The poor performance, allied with the fact that Celtic were trying to stop Rangers from winning the Betfred Cup and Celtic were trying to win 10 domestic trophies in a row, gave the game a very tense feeling.

McGregor feels that the Hoops had to win the trophy to keep their incredible run of success going.

“We had to keep the run going”

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“At Hampden we knew the pressure was massive on us. We had to keep this run going,” he said, as reported by the Scottish Sun.

“Rangers hadn’t won a trophy for so long and it meant so much to them. It’s a big one, probably more so for us because we’ve come through not playing well and Rangers created so many big chances in the game.”

As McGregor says, Celtic didn’t play all that well against Rangers. The team were under constant pressure, especially during a first-half that the Ibrox side dominated.

Hoops managed to get over the line

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However, Celtic stood up to the task, and managed to get over the line to win the club’s 10th domestic trophy in a row.

It is interesting to note that McGregor felt under huge pressure, that might be because the Hoops were playing their bitter rivals in the final. That had not been the case in any of the other finals Celtic played in during their recent winning run.

However, the game was just another example of Celtic never knowing when they are defeated. The Hoops should take plenty of confidence from it, and that should give the side lots of belief for the week and months ahead.