Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor has revealed he and his team-mates can’t wait to return to Champions League action, when they face the qualifying stages next month, after yesterdays friendly defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.
The game did see the Bhoys defeated 4-0 by the French giants, but there was a lot of positives to take from the performance with several spells of good play in the game against a team of world class superstars.
Speaking to Celtic TV, McGregor spoke about the level that the squad see themselves playing in and how this was a good test for them.
“We spoke about it in the changing room after the game. The Champions League is the level we want to play at, so the PSG game is a nice taste of what could be.
But we always know how hard it is to get there and that’s the level that we have to reach. It was a very good exercise, 90 minutes in the legs, and good to see the opposition.
I felt good out there. It’s 90 minutes and a tough, tough shift as well. You could play a full game against lesser opposition and it’s not as hard on the legs, but that’s a real big shift where you’re always looking, running and concentrating.”
Many expected this game to be a tough runout for the squad, with a possible thumping on the cards. However, even with going one goal down so early on the squad were able to pick themselves up and have some impressive periods of play in the game.
McGregor is right. We have faced sides like this in the past and of course received our fair share of poor results. But this is the level we should be wanting to play at and improving.
Hopefully this is the attitude that the squad go into the up and coming qualifiers with, and can qualify for the competition for the first time in since the 2017/18 season.