Celtic skipper McGregor in message to fans before Ferencvaros clash

By Euan Davidson

October 19, 2021

Celtic skipper Callum McGregor has outlined what’ll be crucial for the Bhoys this afternoon against Ferencvaros: the supporters.

With countless fans taking a half-day from work to follow the Bhoys, McGregor is aware of the strange kick-off time. More than that, he knows how Celtic fans have planned around the unusual fixture. Confessing he’d normally be watching Homes Under the Hammer, the Bhoys captain sounded his appreciation for the fans who’ll make it to Paradise this afternoon.

McGregor said [Celtic FC]:

“Obviously it’s a little bit different in terms of people trying to get to the stadium, so we appreciate everyone who’s made the effort to get there. We’re hoping for a big atmosphere again, and the players need to deliver that as well.

“It doesn’t matter the kick-off time. We’re at home in a European tie and we need to bring that energy for the crowd to feed off as well. And I’m sure they will.

“Off the back of a couple of good performances and results from us, we need to get going in the group.

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“Everyone in the building knows what we need to do, and the manager’s challenge is to go and win the game.”

More than lip service for supporters from Celtic captain Callum McGregor before Ferencvaros clash

It’s easy to get the sense that, in another life, McGregor would have sorted his own half-day to get to Celtic Park.

Given the time of kick-off, and the unusual day, a lot of fans probably won’t be able to get to see Celtic take on Ferencvaros. There’ll still be the famous Celtic Park European atmosphere though. Albeit, it won’t be under the now infamous disco lights.

That atmosphere will be important. Fine, it actually seemed to help rather than hinder Bayer Leverkusen.

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But if you know your history, you’ll remember plenty of famous nights where the sheer noise of Celtic Park saw the Bhoys through tough games. With Ferencvaros providing decent opposition, the players will be relying on the supporters, and vice versa.

That seems to have been a trope of Ange Postecoglou’s, and now his players are following suit. They can’t turn up and expect the atmosphere, it goes both ways.

There shouldn’t be any issues getting the crowd right up for this one though. Rain or shine, a Saturday or a Tuesday, it doesn’t matter.

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