A statistic recently emerged about Celtic midfield workhorse Callum McGregor.
The Celtic Twitter account revealed that McGregor’s appearance in the 2-0 win over Hibernian was his 50th game of the season for Celtic and Scotland.
An incredible feat – take a bow, Cal! 👏 pic.twitter.com/HboBMRY5K7
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 6, 2019
That is an incredible statistic for early February. He looks on course to play around 70 games this season at this rate.
There is a worry though that the player could burnout. The strains and stresses of constantly playing will eventually catch-up with him.
Therefore, Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers should rest the player for Sunday’s Scottish Cup tie against St Johnstone.
There are bigger games ahead, such as Thursday’s Europa League clash with Valencia, where McGregor’s all-action style will be key to the Hoops getting a result.
There are players available who can take McGregor’s place, such as Nir Bitton, or even Olivier Ntcham, should he return from injury.
Perhaps if Celtic were playing Rangers or Aberdeen it would be worth starting McGregor in the cup tie. But being honest, the team should have enough to defeat St Johnstone even if McGregor doesn’t start.
You don’t want to run your best players into the ground, it can have devastating consequences.
For example, Kieran Tierney has arguably played too much football this season. He had started 31 games this season for the Hoops before suffering his hip injury. It’s likely he would have played the same number games as McGregor before injury struck.
McGregor is undeniably one of Celtic’s most important players. But with Valencia looming, he should be rested against St Johnstone.