Celtic hero Callum McGregor says facial injury "feels much better" after playing with mask

By David Walton

March 22, 2022

Celtic captain Callum McGregor has admitted that he “feels much better” after a facial injury has had him playing with a mask for nearly 2 months.

McGregor suffered a double cheekbone fracture in a 2-1 Scottish Cup win at Alloa back in January. It was a major concern at the time, with Celtic looking like they were going to be without their captain for a prolonged period.

Incredibly, however, Callum returned on February 3rd to batter Rangers 3-0 and has been a constant in the team ever since. Despite continuously having to perform with a face-mask and not yet being 100% recovered, he’s still been producing top performances at a key stage of the season.

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And McGregor has, thankfully, admitted that he’s now feeling much better as he explained how it feels to perform with the mask. As quoted by the Herald, Callum said: “I’m just trying to take it every day at a time. It’s been six plus weeks and feels much better than it did previously. I will just see how I go and get to a point where I don’t need it. Probably the first game I take it off someone will bang me in the jaw. That’s sod’s law!

“It’s been alright. It’s contoured to my face so the eye bits pretty much sit perfect on the eyes which takes out that peripheral problem.

“I was worried about that to begin with but I trained with it for a couple of days and was absolutely fine.”

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Callum McGregor showing exactly why he’s a perfect Celtic captain

When McGregor was given the captaincy, it wasn’t exactly surprising. However, many will have been concerned over whether Cal had the personality to take on the role. After all, he isn’t one to go shouting and balling throughout the 90 minutes.

But his actions just scream leadership. Callum could easily have taken an extended period off to try and mend his facial injury properly. After all, even if he was playing with a mask, he was still at a major risk of picking something more serious up.

However, his commitment to the cause ensured that he wasn’t missing such an important run of games. Even if we had the depth to potentially deal with a midfield loss or 2, McGregor wasn’t willing to leave it to chance. You can’t not admire that kind of attitude. The kind of player willing to play through pain barriers in order to succeed.

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And it’s not just that either. We remember THAT moment against Rangers when he called out Borna Barisic for a lack of courage. Does anything represent his passion for the Hoops more than that?

Not to mention he’s consistently leading the tributes to the supporters post-match. It was McGregor who was going around calming everyone down after that 3-0 hammering of Rangers as he reminded them nothing had been won just yet.

Playing with the mask is just another example of his leadership qualities.

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