Celtic captain Callum McGregor on what Bhoys must do after Euro disappointment
Celtic captain Callum McGregor has called for an emphatic response from his team on Sunday, believing last night’s lost to Bodo/Glimt has put pressure on his side.
McGregor was brought on at half-time in the Arctic Circle, and immediately improved Celtic, particularly in the middle of the park. However, that improvement wasn’t enough, and Bodo/Glimt saw off the Hoops with relative and concerning ease.
The Celtic captain, along with Cameron Carter-Vickers, was a surprise absence in last night’s starting line-up. Ange Postecoglou curiously opted against what would’ve been a full-strength starting line-up, despite being down two goals at kick-off.
Over two legs, Celtic just weren’t good enough against the Norwegian champions. And McGregor sounded extremely disappointed by the outcome of the two legs, knowing the Bhoys could and should’ve been far better.
McGregor said after the game [BT Sport]: “The mentality’s there, the want’s there so I think the most disappointing thing is we didn’t show our quality over the two legs that we previously have done.
“That’s not to say we didn’t want to go through the competition or whatever, we try to approach every single game the same.
“We want to win every game. But all this does is put more pressure on us for Sunday and people want us to react so that’s what we have to do.”
Callum McGregor knows Celtic need to respond big-time on Sunday
Sunday was always going to be a huge game. Without steering into cliché territory, they all are at this stage. Though we’re top of the table, the margin for error is microscopic.
In fairness to Celtic this season, they’ve repeatedly bounced back from European disappointments with strong showings at home. It feels like there are eyes on Celtic to go into a bad run of form, following a Europa League, or in this case, Europa Conference League defeat.
And our rivals are left disappointed.
That has to be the case against Hibernian. They might end up missing some key players, but they’ve won two on the bounce and are finding some form under ex-Celt Shaun Maloney. At Easter Road, it’s normally a tricky trip, although Celtic showed immense quality in a 3-1 away win earlier in the season.
A reaction is crucial. It’s vital. Ange Postecoglou has sparked such responses numerous times this season, and it’s on the charismatic, passionate boss to lift these players ahead of another big domestic test.
Callum McGregor, surely, will be at the forefront of those efforts against Hibernian. After a night like last night, he and Celtic need to change the narrative once more.