Callum McGregor pinpoints exactly what's going wrong with Celtic right now
Callum McGregor has called on his teammates to be more switched on at times of transition in Celtic matches, as the players continue to get used to Ange Postecoglou’s style of football.
In the wake of Thursday’s heavy defeat to Bayer Leverkusen, McGregor was open and honest about what’s going wrong with the team.
The Germans notably countered well against Celtic, exploiting wide open spaces in the Hoops full-back areas.
He also admits that the system Postecoglou is imprinting on this team is hard to get used to, but the captain feels it all needs more time to click.
Speaking to The Glasgow Times, McGregor pointed those times of ball transition as the team’s downfall right now, stating: “It’s a very demanding style of football and you need everyone to buy into it and everyone to move and be connected all the time.
“That takes time for the players to understand where to move and when to move, when to make safe side passes, and in the transition moments we have to defend better. That’s where the issues have been as a team.
“We’ve had loads of the ball in a lot of our games but it’s been in the defensive transition where we have struggled. It’s going to take a bit of time to nail down the specifics of it but everyone is together and everyone believes in what the manager is trying to do.
“In spells of the game we more than held our own against big opposition and that’s got to give us confidence moving forward.”
The team are now preparing for a huge match against Aberdeen on Sunday. They won’t be as fierce a team as Bayer Leverkusen were, but will still present a challenge.
Flying under the radar all week, they’ll be relishing the opportunity to knock off Celtic in a live television fixture.
It’s crucial that the players focus and buy into the words of McGregor and the manager. It’s clear that individual lapses can cause mayhem for the whole team.
The tactical discipline and intelligence that was missing on Thursday night will be needed at Pittodrie.