"Most disappointed I've seen him"; BBC pundit highlights Celtic boss' reaction to McGregor injury

By David Walton

January 23, 2022

BBC Sportscene pundit Peter Grant has highlighted Ange Postecoglou’s reaction to Callum McGregor’s injury last night, as he provided a predicted timeline for a return.

Postecoglou stated last night that McGregor had suffered a “significant” injury [Daily Record]. It comes after Callum had to come off with a facial injury that looked to have something to do with his jaw or cheekbone. Details have yet to be confirmed by the manager.

It looks as though Callum will be out for an extended period. No timeline has yet been put on his return by the manager as we all wait to hear more on just what happened with McGregor.

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However, Grant believes he has a fair idea as he highlighted Ange’s severe disappointment when he saw McGregor coming off. Speaking via Sportscene, the former Celtic defender said: “You can tell Callum has picked up a bad one. It’ll be a huge loss for Celtic because he’s a top player for them. You look at the Celtic manager afterwards too and it’s the most disappointed I’ve seen him since he took over.

“My concern was seeing Callum holding the side of his face. I broke a bone there myself. Everyone thinks the broken bone is around the cheek area all the time. But I was out for six to eight weeks.

“The way he was touching the side and not the front, it could be a broken bone down the side of the jaw.”

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Callum McGregor injury blow leaves Celtic with a big problem to solve

If it is a broken bone down the side of McGregor’s jaw, that’s massively disappointing from a Celtic perspective. Given it’s said to be a significant injury, it feels as though it could very well be along those lines.

If, at worst, McGregor was out for 6 weeks, it would leave him sidelined right up until mid-March. With Kyogo Furuhashi also out for an extended period of time, it’s massively disappointing to have these kinds of injury setbacks returning already.

It leaves us without our captain for games such as the massive Glasgow derby next week and the Europa Conference League tie against Bodo/Glimt. It’s an incredible loss for the football club looking ahead to a crucial period in our season.

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Postecoglou had a host of injury concerns during the first half of the campaign, but none stung us in the way this one has. It leaves the Celtic manager with a real conundrum to sort out as he looks for Callum’s replacement for the foreseeable future.

There will at least be some respite with David Turnbull due to return at the end of next month. However, from here on in, it looks as though Yosuke Ideguchi and Matt O’Riley could suddenly be the midfield pairing that features regularly for the Hoops. It shows just how important those signings are. If we hadn’t made them, we could’ve been talking about James McCarthy and Ismaila Soro respectively.

It’ll be interesting to see what Ange does when we face Hearts on Wednesday night. But at the very least, we know we have the depth to cope with Callum’s injury regardless of the devastation it causes.

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