Callum McGregor has played down fears that he is playing too much football for Celtic, insisting he’s “in a good place.”
The midfielder has started every game for club and country since July, with rest seemingly hard to come by. On top of this, he played more minutes than any other footballer worldwide last season. (transfermarkt.co.uk)
He’s well in the running for this year’s award, too, with 35 games already under his belt. However, he doesn’t feel like he’s being overstretched, as he commented on his growing experience.
“I feel good,” he assured press on Thursday, as shown on the official Celtic YouTube channel. “The more games I play, I feel like I’m getting fitter and in a good place.
“I think the more experience you can get on the football pitch always helps you as well. So at the minute I feel good, I feel fresh, and hungry as well so I’m looking forward to the game on Sunday.”
Is McGregor risking fatigue by being played so often?
Talk off harm being done to McGregor has been well documented over the past 18 months or so, ever since he became a proper first-team regular for us.
The truth is that there’s very little evidence to suggest that he is going to do himself any damage by playing so often. The midfielder is incredibly fit, and rarely gets injured, so it’s easy to see why he’s able to play so many matches in succession.
It’s easy for some to request that he’s given more time to rest but the truth is that he’s just about the most important player we’ve got at the club at present. The team would be significantly weaker without McGregor in it, so it’s easy to feel a lot of sympathy for Neil Lennon.
Hopefully January will see us add some strength in depth to the congested midfield area and ease the pressure on both McGregor and Scott Brown. But the pair have already shown they’re well able to deal with the rigours of the modern game.
They’ve been doing so for the past couple of seasons so it’s unlikely anything should change now.