Callum McGregor will rue Celtic chance that got away

By John Reid

February 21, 2020

Celtic’s Callum McGregor has been in possibly the best form of his career since the return of the Hoops from the winter break.

In his last nine games in all competitions, he has five goals and seven assists. That run continued in the 1-1 draw with Copenhagen on Thursday night, when his pass set up Odsonne Edouard to give the Hoops the lead.

However, the player will be ruing the chance he passed up in the second-half that would have given the Hoops a 2-1 lead.

Hammered shot over the bar

The player ran forward with the ball with only the keeper to beat and with Odsonne Edouard available for a pass, he uncharacteristically hammered his shot over the bar and the chance was gone.

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor / (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

With the form the player was in, you would have expected him to either burst the back of the net, or pass to Edouard to set up what seemed a certain goal.

However, it wasn’t to be, and the chance was gone. It is hard to be too critical of McGregor though.

More than capable of making up for mistake

He has been so consistent for the Hoops over the last month that he is allowed to make a mistake at times. You wouldn’t be surprised to see McGregor make up for his miss against Copenhagen when the teams meet in the second leg on Thursday.

It will be intriguing to see if he gets the nod to start against Kilmarnock on Sunday. Perhaps normally you would give McGregor a start on the bench, after such a high-octane game.

Scott Brown and Callum McGregor (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

However, with Scott Brown forced off against Copenhagen and therefore a doubt for the game, McGregor will probably take his place in the middle of the park.

If Brown is absent for a while, McGregor will become all the more important to the Hoops, as he will have to make the midfield tick. Thankfully he has shown that it is a task he is more than up to.

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