Celtic captain Callum McGregor makes defiant statement of intent ahead of Bodo/Glimt away leg

By Euan Davidson

February 23, 2022

Celtic captain Callum McGregor has played plenty of European games with the Bhoys, and he knows what’s required against Bodo/Glimt.

Last week, the Norwegian champions perhaps surprised a lot of people with an assured performance at Celtic Park. Bodo/Glimt hold a 3-1 lead, with the testing Arctic Circle conditions playing host to the Hoops tomorrow night.

Still, the Hoops skipper remains confident that Celtic can turn this around. After all, this is a team that scores goals in numbers, and has been prolific both at home and on the continent. And while Bodø/Glimt are no mugs – as last week proved – the captain isn’t conceding anything until it’s all said and done.

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Not only that, McGregor believes that European football has been a “learning curve” for this new group of Celtic players, and has praised his colleagues for taking lessons along the way.

McGregor said [Herald]: “We’ve seen enough from ourselves in good situations and possession [to know we can progress].

“The reality is we have to score three to go through so we understand we have to put a wee bit of risk in the game and be concentrated. It then opens us to the counter-attack and we’re working hard to nullify that. This group have shown we can win big.

“It’s a new group and in terms of European football it’s been going really well. It’s a learning curve and we have to take that on board.”

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Celtic captain Callum McGregor refuses to count Hoops out against Bodo/Glimt

Quite right, this.

Your captain should be telling you what’s possible. Celtic have the firepower to scare Bodo/Glimt, albeit in a hostile environment like Northern Norway. It’s not as if the Hoops are unfamiliar with unpleasant weather, although granted this could be something else.

We saw the Bhoys put 3 past Dundee at the weekend, under duress. Previously, we’ve seen Celtic rack up impressive score-lines against the likes of Rangers and Real Betis. We know what’s possible, and most of all, Callum McGregor knows it.

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On paper, there’s much working against us tomorrow night. And McGregor’s right when he talks about the European learning curve this season. It’s helped Celtic improve on and off the pitch, going up against some of the continent’s biggest names.

Still, there’s steely resolve there, and the knowledge that Celtic can put the ball in the back of the net. Why shouldn’t they go for it tomorrow? More to the point, why wouldn’t they?

It could be a classic tomorrow night, it really could. You know Ange Postecoglou will have his Bhoys side ready to go at Bodo/Glimt with both barrells.

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