CELTIC CAPTAIN Callum McGregor has said his side will do everything they can to get the win over their rivals on Sunday, claiming that the Hoops have an added motivation.

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5th February 2023; McDiarmid Park, Perth, Scotland: Scottish Premiership Football, St Johnstone versus Celtic; Callum McGregor of Celtic arrives for the match

The last time the sides met at Hampden, it was a poor performance from the Bhoys that saw them fall to defeat in extra time in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup, ending Celtic’s treble hopes.

Callum McGregor was honest in his assessment of the match, admitting it hurt him, and the pain will live with him for the rest of his career and possibly the rest of his life. But, the captain belives the players can use this as an added incentive to win this derby match at Hampden. He said: [Celtic TV]

“When you lose a big game like that, it hurts you,” said McGregor.

“And it stays with you probably for the rest of your career, the rest of your life, but it’s important that when you get the chance to try to rectify that then of course you give absolutely everything to put that right. Probably most importantly, to put it right for the supporters.

“So, of course, we have that added motivation that they got one over on us the last time at Hampden. We’ll try to fix that but the only way to fix that is to stay calm and stay focussed on what we’ve been doing – approach the game in the right way and then on Sunday, we have to turn up and do all the right things to win the game.”

The last time the two sides met at the final in this competition will be remembered as the Fraser Forster game. He was on fire that day, saving a penalty and dining The Rangers many guilt edged chances. It was a Chris Jullien goal that won ten-men Celtic the League Cup.


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