Celtic captain Callum McGregor makes daytime TV admission; addresses kick-off time

By Euan Davidson

October 19, 2021

There are a few things that Callum McGregor, Celtic captain, really seems to like.

Foremost, playing for Celtic, and for Scotland. Scoring goals. Making tackles. Dominating the midfield, spraying accurate passes, going on runs through the middle.

Those are the things we know for certain. And now, we can add BBC’s Homes Under the Hammer to that list.

This’ll be the first time the Celtic captain will lead his side out in the UEFA Europa League on a Tuesday afternoon. Probably the last, too. And while it’s disrupted his daytime TV schedule, the Bhoys’ skipper doesn’t seem to mind too much.

Celtic take on Ferencvaros at 3.30 today, but there’ll be plenty of fans in attendance, and McGregor believes he and his side will have no problems adjusting.

He said [Herald]:

“I probably wouldn’t long be in [normally]. Maybe making a coffee and a bit of Homes Under The Hammer or something like that.

“That’s something completely different and unusual for everyone involved in the game. It’ll be like a weekend game kicking off at that time but the preparation has been good, we understand what the fixture is and what we need to do.

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“We’re fully focused on that and when we turn up to the stadium there will be a buzz about the place and we’ll be ready to get going.

“We have to try and put that little bit of something different out of our minds and try and focus on the game.”

Celtic captain Callum McGregor not using time as an excuse as Ferencvaros arrive for unorthodox kick-off

With COP26 ahead and a Glasgow-centric Europa fixture build-up, we knew things would likely be a little different. But the Europa League on a Tuesday feels very strange indeed.

As for McGregor? He’s missing a packed TV schedule. He’ll miss Doctors, Impossible, Escape to the Country, Money for Nothing and Antiques Road Trip, and that’s just the mid-afternoon on one channel.

Instead, it’ll be McGregor and co. providing the entertainment on a drizzle Tuesday afternoon. Celtic need to pick up some kind of positive result against Ferencvaros, otherwise we’ll remain Pointless from our first three games.

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Pointless, by the way, is another programme McGregor will miss this afternoon.

Led by a manager enamoured with Postecoglou’s tactics, the Hungarians Ferencvaros were beaten 2-1 by Zalaegerszegi TE at the weekend. Meanwhile, Celtic picked up three huge points at Fir Park to keep some momentum going.

It’s a huge game, this one. Regardless of scheduling. And we’re sure McGregor can get his fill of house renovation programming on catch-up after a positive result for the Bhoys.

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