"It's a joy"; Celtic man divulges what he's enjoying most about this Hoops side

By Euan Davidson

November 20, 2021

It has to be fun being a Celtic midfielder just now. Pass the ball to one of Kyogo, Jota or Abada, and watch the brilliant new front three do their work in the Hoops.

Or indeed, stay running with them, knowing the ball is likely to come back to you in a dangerous position. Even in training, working with technically skilled, fast, enticing players? It’s got to be an amazing laugh a lot of the time.

So, no surprise then, to hear Celtic skipper Callum McGregor boasting about life with the new Bhoys attack. McGregor, somewhat unfairly maligned last season, has found a new lease of life under Ange Postecoglou. With the signings, Ange has brought in, McGregor is getting excellent creative opportunities.

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Running the show from midfield, McGregor has enabled the front three to shine with industriousness, drive and vision from the middle of the park. And, he says, he’s loving it.

McGregor said [Daily Record]:

“The boys that are playing at the top end are really exciting players. Young players, but super hungry to do well.

“It’s a joy to play with them. I’ve played with quite a number of good front threes, and these three are certainly up there as well.

“What we have now is strength in depth in that area, that’s always important at a club like Celtic that you’ve got wingers that can come in and make a difference when the game gets stretched as well.”

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Praise indeed from Celtic man for Hoops sides’ electrifying attacking options

Considering the attacking players Callum McGregor has played with, it’s praise indeed. Celtic have had Scott Sinclair, Moussa Dembele, Odsonne Edouard, Patrick Roberts, James Forrest, Carlton Cole, Nadir Ciftci; all Hoops greats.

Strength in depth up front makes a massive difference. With Celtic welcoming back James Forrest and Mikey Johnston in recent games, there are possibilities for the Hoops. That’s also the case for Giorgos Giakoumakis, and to a lesser extent, Albian Ajeti.

Then, there are talents from the B Team who’ll be ready to step up before long. Owen Moffat, Karamoko Dembele, Adam Brooks, Rocco Vata and more.

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It was one of the things that, depressingly, separated Rangers from us last season. While we relied on Odsonne Edouard and, to a degree, Mohamed Elyounoussi, the other lot had options. Defoe, Itten, Roofe et al could fill in if Morelos, Kent etc weren’t doing the trick.

Options are absolutely crucial in a title race.

When teams will be out to crowd Celtic, energy and ingenuity are vital. Having a front three who can blow opponents away, and back-up options with real quality is a great place to be.

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