Celtic’s Callum McGregor has told the Scottish Sun what makes him able to play so many games.
The midfielder is just under 70 for club and country this season. He says Scotland matches, especially against the big teams, helps him out for European fixtures.
McGregor better prepare himself, as in less than two weeks, these games come back round again.
Callum McGregor hails Scotland games
The 26-year-old believes his tartan army exploits are helping him at club level.
He played against Belgium recently for Scotland and he stuck out like a sore thumb.
McGregor is becoming a seasoned player for club and country and it’s beginning to show.
He told the Scottish Sun: “I think it does help you in Europe when you play against sides of the quality of Belgium.
“We know how tough it is to get through to the group stages because there are big clubs spending huge amounts of money to try and get there and some of them struggle.
“That’s how strong the competition is and everyone wants to be in it — it fuels the fans, the players, the whole club.”
Preparation the key for Celtic ties
Celtic take on FK Sarajevo in their first qualifier at the start of July.
The Hoops will then travel to Macedonia or Estonia for their next round. After that is when the big hitters start to come into the draw and there is cause for alarm.
In amongst that, there are pre-season games that will challenge the Hoops at different levels.
McGregor and co will need to switch on even though he said himself that it’s “24/7 for 52 weeks of the year.”
Celtic can’t afford another season out the Champions League. The fans know the disastrous consequences such as selling off a big player to balance the books.
Let’s hope McGregor’s attitude is matched by his teammates for the coming qualifiers.