What Callum McGregor told the Celtic dressing room at Hampden; fiery siege mentality on display
Callum McGregor harnessed the power of doubt when speaking to his Celtic teammates in the Hampden dressing room yesterday, telling them that no-one gave them a chance of silverware at the start of the season.
In what is the clearest evidence of a siege mentality emanating from Celtic, it seems at the Bhoys have a serious point to prove this season. And that’s exactly how it should be.
In fact, it might be crucial in going on to push for more silverware this season.
Callum McGregor sets the tone for Celtic
As quoted by The Scottish Daily Mail [20/12 print edition, page 72], the Celtic captain explained why things are going so well: “The environment we’re creating at Lennoxtown, the standards we’re setting, the behaviours, the way we respect each other. Then it’s also coming down from the manager.
“For him to come in and win a trophy at the first time of asking is absolutely outstanding. I’m absolutely delighted for him, too.
“I said to the boys in there, nobody gave us a chance at the start of the season. And for us to get to where we were — even getting into the final — was a great moment. But Celtic players have to win things — and that’s what we’ve done.”
If you’re a Celtic fan and not pleased with these comments then you should be. This is what you want from a captain. And you just know that McGregor backs up everything he says on the training ground every day. He leads by example.
Ange Postecoglou also gave a bit back to the media yesterday in a respectful way. I want my Celtic leaders to feel hard done by. I want them to perform with a chip on their shoulders. That’s how trophies are won.
Even the best sportspeople need a grudge to fight against – ask Michael Jordan. The greatest basketball player of all time always used to take petty grievances onto the court, it made him a better player and a clutch performer.
We’re a long way from the NBA and the 1990s, but you get my point. Let this feeling foster and use it as motivation.