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  • Callum McGregor: Salzburg our benchmark for European football

    Callum McGregor: Salzburg our benchmark for European football

    By: Joe Donnelly on 09 Jan, 2019 11:01

  • THREE wins and nine points in the group-stages of the UEFA Europa League secured European football for Celtic after Christmas for the second year running. The Hoops will now play Spanish side Valencia in the competition’s knockout round of 32 next month, and Callum McGregor looks forward to an exciting, high-profile tie.  

    The 25-year-old midfielder said he and his team-mates were delighted to be matched with such a big name in continental football, and that the squad is confident ahead of February’s fixtures.

    “Everyone was delighted to get through,” McGregor told the official Celtic website. “We got the points and finished second in the group. Valencia is a big tie, it’s a big club, and I think everybody was pleased to get such a big name.

    “We think we’ve got a chance of getting something, and everybody is positive. The fans are happy with it, too, and, as we know, anything can happen at Celtic Park on European nights. We’ve just got to go for that and see what we can do.”

    FC Salzburg finished Group B with maximum points, and, having run the Austrian side close at Paradise earlier this month, McGregor described Salzburg's performance as an achievable standard for the Hoops to aim for in Europe.  

    “I think Salzburg were a real benchmark for the way we want to play in Europe – that fast, aggressive style of play,” he said. “We’ve got to keep working to get to that level as well. They were semi-finalists last year, so we’ve got to build something as well that can go on and compete at that level in Europe.”

    Cheer on the Bhoys against Valencia at Paradise on February 14, 2019. Ticket details HERE

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