You have to feel for Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor. He’s sampled all of the dizzy highs with the club, winning trophy after trophy with the Bhoys.

To be part of a struggling, laboured Celtic team will be a new sensation for the homegrown midfielder. It’s clearly taking its toll on the Bhoys’ vice captain, who is a plain talker whether the team are winning or disappointing.

For his part, McGregor didn’t play badly, next to Ivorian youngster Ismaila Soro. Between the two of them, they won the ball back well and tried their best in testing circumstances.

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Unfortunately for the pair, there wasn’t much to work with. Behind them, Shane Duffy was ballooning passes all over the place. Ahead, inverted wingers Johnston and Frimpong struggled to make chances for today’s loan striker Tom Rogic.

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor shoots against Livingston

Callum McGregor hit a shot just narrowly over the bar / (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Celtic stalwart Callum McGregor makes honest assessment

Much like Gavin Strachan, Celtic’s stand-in captain cut a frustrated figure as he spoke to Celtic TV.

McGregor said:

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“Not good enough. Took far too long to get going in the first half, put ourselves under pressure. [We] didn’t really understand the game in terms of build-up, we put ourselves under pressure giving them territory. That’s what they want.

 

“Really, really poor. Second half was a little bit better. We had a great chance at the end to score, but a disappointing afternoon. We need to learn quickly.

“They felt good about themselves, they’ve won a lot of games recently. They understand the game, they run forward, they use their presence, they run off the ball, and that’s all the basics of the game.

“We have to turn them, start getting a bit of territory. We see at times that when you get bits of play through them, you get chances. So yeah, disappointing.

“We did have chances, a big golden one at the end. Some of the guys that came in did alright, I think Tony [Ralston] did well.

“We have to learn quickly, we’re dropping too many points, that’s for sure.”

 

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