Celtic have gone from 2 wins in 12, to 2 wins in 2. With a Scottish Cup Final looming, there’s arguably no better time to have turned form around.
Ahead of said Final, Callum McGregor spoke to the press. During an 11 minute Q+A published to the club’s official YouTube channel, he spoke about form, hunger to make history and the squad options Celtic have.
The Bhoys’ vice-captain looks certain to start on Sunday, but it’s still unclear as to whether he’ll be joined by Scott Brown. Broony has been the subject of much speculation this week, but CalMac was in a typically diplomatic mood.
On Celtic’s recent form
“Hopefully the two wins have stood us in good stead. You always learn when you’re in bad situations. you always learn as a player and try and get better. Hopefully we all are better players for that experience.
“We try and do the same thing every day in training. That’s the base for having that mentality where you do your work every single day. As long as you do it in the right way and show the right attitude then 9 times out of 10 on a match-day you’ll get the result.
“I’ll be honest, I think we’ve been a bit unlucky in the previous games. Small details have went against us. I don’t think we’ve been a million miles away from turning those results into positive results. When you freshen up the team then you get that freshness and the hunger to do well and succeed, and again that pushes the group on even more.”
McGregor on team selection
When asked about team selection and pressure on Neil Lennon, McGregor backed his boss to make the right decisions for Sunday. He said:
“It’s a decision for the manager, we don’t get involved in those situations. What I will say is the squad’s been great, the guys that have come in have been excellent. I’ve always said the amount of players playing at a high level at Celtic will ultimately drive the standard up at the club. That’s what you’re seeing… guys really pushing for a starting place.
“As a group we’re in a good place. It’s for the manager to decide what team he puts out on Sunday. I’m sure whoever is starting will give 100% for the club.
“We’re all in this together. We pretty much spend 90% of our lives together.
“Everyone gets on, we’re here to do a job for Celtic Football Club. It would be brilliant for the players to go and deliver that for the manager. He’s had a tough time of it recently.”
On making history with Celtic
Of course, Celtic are on the precipice of history. Even the phrase “Quadruple-Treble” feels bizarre to say or type. That’s where Celtic are though and McGregor was keen to make it a permanent part of the Celtic lexicon.
“It sounds a bit surreal. A quadruple-treble is obviously something that’s never been done before. To maintain that level of success takes real hard work and real dedication every single day.
“I think we’ve been in this situation before. The double treble had never been done, the treble treble had never been done. With these achievements behind you, it makes you a lot calmer in the build-up to these games. To have that history behind you makes you more hungry for success.
“I feel like having had those experiences before certainly stands you in good stead.
“It’s a massive opportunity to go and make history. These are the situations you want to be in. When you’re here and you’ve had so much success, that hunger to succeed just becomes even bigger. It takes an incredible amount of dedication, hard work and performance levels to get to where we are at this point.
“Everyone’s excited, probably more excited than nervous about the challenge. We’re really looking forward to it.”