Celtic boss' promising update on Callum McGregor's injury return

By David Walton

September 18, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has admitted that he’s hopeful Callum McGregor’s injury return will take place at Livingston tomorrow.

The Hoops travel to the Tony Macaroni Arena looking to continue their domestic momentum. However, they do so immediately after an injury-stricken Celtic side fell to Real Betis in the Europa League on Thursday night.

By far the most disappointing of the injury knocks was the one picked up by captain McGregor.

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The Scotland international came off for what seemed to be a precautionary measure against Ross County last week. But in the end he missed out on the defeat to Betis.

Thankfully, however, McGregor’s injury doesn’t appear to be a bad one. So much so that Postecoglou is hopeful of a swift return against Livingston in West Lothian.

As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Ange made the following comment when discussing his options for tomorrow: “We’ll see how Callum McGregor is, but we’re optimistic he’ll be available.”

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Callum McGregor should be eased in carefully for Celtic ahead of Livingston trip

Having McGregor back for tomorrow’s visit to Livingston would certainly be ideal. However, Postecoglou surely won’t throw him into the mix unless he’s 100% fit and ready to go.

Having our captain risk further injury blows on the artificial surface wouldn’t be the wisest thing. Not when you take into account the hectic schedule we have over the next few months.

Even without McGregor, Celtic should have a midfield that can seize control of the game against the Lions. Ismaila Soro may not be everyone’s cup of tea at the moment, but he’s still a solid option for a fixture like this one. So long of course as he doesn’t get too aggressive with the challenge.

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After Livingston, Celtic will host Raith Rovers in the Premier Sports Cup on Thursday night. That looks like a more realistic game to ease in many of the players who have been injured over the last week or two. McGregor being one.

It’s a difficult balance for Postecoglou to make. Whilst he’ll want to give all of his players the correct amount of time to be up to match sharpness, we also need to bag the three points tomorrow. Another slip-up on the road just can’t be entertained.

Now is the time for momentum. Fingers crossed McGregor will be confirmed available for that very reason.

In other news, It’s time to give Stephen Welsh his Celtic place back

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