Callum McGregor's Celtic fitness promise

By John McGinley

June 13, 2021

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor has promised he’ll be fit and ready for a hectic summer schedule at the Bhoys despite his international exploits.

McGregor and the rest of his Scotland teammates joined up for training and friendlies almost immediately after the Scottish Premiership campaign.

He now faces a gauntlet of Euro 2020 matches before a return to Celtic.

Champions League qualifying follows soon after from 20th July, with the new league season kicking off on 31st July.

It’s a tight turnaround, but McGregor has insisted he relishes that kind of schedule.

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Speaking to The Daily Record this weekend, he said: “I feel great. When you come away ahead of a big tournament, it only energises you. You feel fresher.

“The good thing about playing so many games is that you feel in a good rhythm. In terms of getting a rest, nothing is nailed on, but come the end of the tournament, I’ll get a week to 10 days and then I’ll be back in at Celtic.

“That’s what I’m used to. The summers have been shorter in the last few years but that’s what I feel I need.

“I’ve managed to play consecutively for five years and, touch wood, had no injuries or knock-on effects. So I feel good and I’ll be raring to go. I haven’t spoken to the new manager at Celtic yet but I’m sure he’ll be watching me in this tournament.”

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McGregor, in his best form, is undoubteldy one of our most talented players. He can dictate a game from the middle of the park. The academy graduate also posssesses the kind of attacking ambition that can trouble opposition defences.

Unfortuantely he had a poor season last term. Some have speculated whether that’s because of overuse. Nobody plays more football at the Bhoys than McGregor. It could well have taken its toll over the years.

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor / (Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images)

The midfielder apparently has no issue with that, evidenced by his comments above, but it’ll be interesting to see if Ange Postecoglou can use him more efficiently.

Getting the best out of McGregor is key to our fortunes moving forward. If he can re-emerge as the leader and performer we know he can be, things will be looking up.

In other news, Vakoun Bayo set for Celtic return this week.