Callum McGregor – We know what Glasgow Derby win means to our supporters

Callum McGregor spoke to Celtic TV yesterday as the Celtic captain looked forward to this weekend’s Glasgow Derby at Celtic Park as the Hoops look to increase their lead at the top of the league looking down on theRangers to twelve points and in doing so take a giant step towards winning the Scottish Premiership title for the eleventh time in twelve years.

“We know it’s a big fixture, we know the importance of the fixture in terms of the supporters and what it means to them, what it means to everyone inside the building and everybody inside the club, but we have to treat the game like any other game in terms of preparation,” Calmac said.

“What we do going into the match, it’s always the same and we feel like we have a good template in terms of the training model and the way that we want to play. I think if we can stay calm and bring all of these things to the game, then you have more chance of success than not.

“So it’s just about trusting the process and following that which has got you success previously, and just staying calm and looking forward to the game.”

“In sport, obviously emotion is key, but too much emotion can cloud your judgement, it can cloud what you see on the day, what you see in terms of the pictures on the pitch that we look for in the way that we want to play the games.

“So, of course you have to bring that energy, passion, tempo and all these things in big derby games that you need – competitive edge – all these things that you need.

“You have to stay calm, you have to see the pictures and play the game that we want, how we want the game to look and I feel that when we do that, then that gives you the best chance of success.

“Of course you have to find the right balance of all the competitive stuff, but, in the main you have to be calm, you have to be clear-headed and see what you are trying to achieve on the pitch.”

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The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

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