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Callum McGregor explains how he overcame season-ending scan at Celtic




Celtic captain Callum McGregor is the epitome of a serial winner who will do anything it takes to help his side over the line.

Since being made captain in 2021, the Scotland international has won seven of nine trophies available, taking his overall tally to 22 at the club.

This campaign’s Scottish Premiership and Scottish Cup double success didn’t come easy, given his struggle with Achilles and calf problems that led him to miss a portion of matches before returning to the fold despite admitting a lack of match sharpness.

Nevertheless, his determination to be on the pitch bore fruit, and once McGregor’s performances hit full flow, there was no stopping Celtic on their way to picking up two pieces of silverware.

Mentality is everything in Football, and the 30-year-old has now explained how he managed to overcome issues swiftly to help the Bhoys take control of their own destiny.

Callum McGregor on recovering from injury struggles at Celtic

Speaking to BBC Sport from Scotland’s base camp at EURO 2024, McGregor admitted that after he got his scan to determine the extent of his injury problems, there was a general consensus internally that his season looked to be over.

Despite this, he never lost hope that recovering to play a part in the run-in wasn’t possible, taking a leap of faith that ultimately paid off for Celtic.

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He stated: “Obviously, the injury one was bad timing, difficult injury to manage as well. First, when we got the scan, it was bad news; it was pretty much season over, but with determination and everything, there was still to play for and having an eye on this (EURO 2024) as well, sometimes the mind can do crazy things to you and will you back to a point where you can get yourself back fit.

“There was a lot of conversations in the club in terms  of what we still had to play for, it was hugely important that I tried to play as much part in that as possible, and that was my goal as well, to get back fit as quick as possible.

“Yes, it was going to be painful, yes, there was going to be some bumps along the way, but ultimately, when I say that I want the team to have success, then I’m willing to put myself through anything for the team to get success, and that’s just the way I am. So, I’m glad it turned out the way that it did, and I think in football, fortune favours the brave as well a little bit.

“If you’re not maybe as strong, you don’t put yourself out there, and you just take the time and let it heal and see what happens, but I’m a big believer that fortune favours the brave in Football, and I’m so glad it worked out the way it did.”

Celtic have a standard-bearer in Callum McGregor

McGregor isn’t just loved for his Footballing ability, with his relentless nature on and off the pitch taking a lot of credit for the heights he has managed to reach in his career.

Being blessed with talent is half the battle, but without an attitude to match, you won’t play a part in winning several trophies at Celtic; it is as simple as that.

With the high demands at Parkhead, McGregor is an example of the standards that need to be upheld on a weekly basis to deliver on the club’s aspirations.

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