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  • McGregor: Scottish Cup will be our return to winning ways

    McGregor: Scottish Cup will be our return to winning ways

    By: Tony Connelly on 09 Feb, 2018 11:59

  • CALLUM McGregor described the Scottish Cup as a hugely important goal for Celtic and said he and his team-mates were prepared to return to winning ways against Partick Thistle this weekend after an excellent week of preparation in training.

    This Saturday’s Glasgow derby at Paradise will see Brendan Rodgers’ Celts face the Jags for the fourth time this season with the Hoops having won all three previous meetings.

    A win over Alan Archibald’s side in Scottish Cup fifth round tie would see Celtic progress into the quarter finals of the competition which capped off a historic treble-winning Invincibles' season last year.

    Speaking to the media at Lennoxtown, Callum McGregor discussed what the Scottish Cup meant to Celtic.

    “It means a great deal to us,” said the 24-year-old. “It was a massive competition for us last year going down to the last day. The scenes we had that day were excellent and special to as a group. We hold it in high regard here as to what we’re trying to do.

    “When you look back, it was the last day of the season with so much riding on it so to go and win the game and complete the invincible treble will stay with you until the end of your days. It’s a special day to remember.”

    A loss away to Kilmarnock last weekend handed Celtic only their second ever domestic defeat since Brendan Rodgers’ arrival. However, with the League Cup already residing in the trophy room at Paradise and an eight-point lead at the top of the Premiership, McGregor said it was important to stay positive and focus on overcoming the additional challenges which the Hoops face this season.

    “For us, we’re still favourites in the league and have a decent margin as well,” he said. “We’ve won the League Cup and are into the last 32 in the Europa League.

    “We need to make sure we’re not getting too carried away in terms of talking about defeats. We’ve only been beaten twice domestically. It’s important for us to stay positive and not listen to that criticism that’s coming our way.

    “This season, teams are trying to stay together as a unit and play against us rather than pressing and getting opened up. They're trying to play against us differently from last season and we need to come up with new ways to overcome that.”

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