What Callum McGregor told Celtic teammates in post-derby huddle on Sunday

By David Walton

May 4, 2022

Callum McGregor has revealed the message he gave to his Celtic teammates as he gathered them for a post-match huddle after the 1-1 draw with Rangers.

The Hoops managed to avoid defeat against our rivals in the final Glasgow derby of the season. The result ensured that Ange Postecoglou’s side remained 6 points clear of our rivals heading into the last 3 games of the campaign.

Celtic now know a win against Hearts on Saturday will all but secure the title. However, there was still an element of frustration at full-time on Sunday given we were 1-0 up on the day and looking like heading for a big win against our rivals.

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But McGregor took the time to gather his teammates post-match and remind them of the task at hand and to keep pushing forward. When asked about what was said, the captain said the following as quoted by the Scottish Sun:

“I said, ‘We just continue to go’. We needed a win or a point. We got the point last Sunday, now we keep moving on. It was a big game which could have gone either way. The group knew it was an important day, and we all came through it reasonably well.

“Now we look forward to the next couple of weeks. We’ve had a great season, and we can now go and finish it off in the next couple of weeks. To have many new players come in, and to build a new team with so many involved in the end-of-season awards, is fantastic for the club. It shows that everyone is moving in the right direction.

“To be one of the more experienced ones and have the captain’s armband brings more responsibility. But it’s something I relish, having that additional responsibility and having that impact on the team and the lads. The boys have been first class with me as well in terms of taking the right direction and listening to what I’ve got to say. It brings the best out in me.”

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It’s not just about being a dressing-room leader or about setting the example at Lennoxtown. It’s not just about performing on the pitch and being able to give commands to teammates.

Moments like this is what can make a great captain. What separates an average leader from a great one. Messages of motivation at a key time just when players may be about to drop their heads. That’s what it’s all about.

Take a look at some of the faces at full-time. Jota looked in pain having to accept a 1-1 draw given the hard work put in. Joe Hart didn’t look all that pleased either. Some of other stars were crouched over as if we’d just had a big stumble.

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McGregor being on hand to remind them what we still have to play for and the importance of going again is huge. It won’t have left the dressing room buzzing by any means. But it will have given the rest of the players encouragement about what’s to come.

It could’ve been extremely easily to sulk back into the changing room believing this was a bad result. But in the context of the title race, it was another huge point for Celtic. Not exactly what they were after on the day, but it’s more of a blow for Rangers than it was for us.

Hopefully, we come out of the traps against Hearts on Saturday and remind everyone why we are where we are in the league table.

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