Celtic v Ferencvaros: “We are both in the same position, we both need to win,” Callum McGregor

Celtic captain Callum McGregor spoke to the Mainstream Media this afternoon ahead of tomorrow afternoon’s early kick-off in the Europa League against Hungarian Champions Ferencvaros.

The Celtic captain doesn’t think that the Champions League qualifying match between the sides early last season will have much bearing on tomorrow, other than the visitors being reasonably familiar with the venue. He points out that this is a New Celtic team with a new manager that’s playing a new style of football.

Like Ange Postecoglou.McGregor agrees that it is a must win game For Celtic but points out that its the same situation for Ferencvaros, with both sides having played reasonably well in the two opening games but have been left with nothing to show for it.

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A win tomorrow would set Celtic up for the return match in this double header and if six points can be secured over these two matches then that will almost certainly guarantee European football of sorts (Conference league) after Christmas and give some hope that in the last two matches something might happen to get the second spot in the group to remain in the Europa League at the the knock-out stages.

That’s the best case scenario for Celtic after the frustrating 4-3 loss in Seville to Real Betis followed by a 4-0 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen at Celtic Park in a match much more competitive than the scoreline suggests. Had it finished 3-3 then non-one could really have complained.

Greg Taylor and Callum McGregor both dejected after losing to Ferencvaros in the Champions League qualifying round in August 2020.

But losing 4 goals per game is a recipe for disaster and is the main reason Celtic have zero points. That has to change but one frustration going into the game tomorrow is that Boli Bolingoli was not included in the Europa League squad list so cannot play.

On Ferencvaros McGregor said: “They are a strong team, got some good pace on the sides and are well organised. We are both in the same position, we both need to win. It will be a tough match.”

Watch the Celtic captain’s Mainstream Media Conference below. Disappointing that the Celtic fan media are once again excluded from these conferences…

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