CALLUM MCGREGOR could feature against Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday after initial reports he was most likely going to sit out the tie.

While Alison Conroy reported the manager said he believes it would be too soon for the Celtic captain to be involved, the manager has been quoted on Wednesday evening saying he will give the midfielder every chance to be involved. It would be a major surprise to see the player included after all.

“We haven’t ruled Callum out,” Postecoglou told the Glasgow Times. “He trained [on Wednesday] and we will just see how he pulls up in training. He may very well be involved.

“He’s an experienced guy, he knows his body better than anyone else. But he is important to us so we don’t want to just rush him in there. If he feels comfortable and he’s got through training okay, he knows his body better than anyone else.

“I will have a discussion with him and then we will make a decision from there.”

Callum and the Celtic physio team have to be certain he can play against Leverkusen because if he risks injury against the German’s with the Aberdeen tie coming up on Sunday, it would be a massive blow if it backfired.

Celtic have been missing their leader on the pitch, CalMac is the engine of the team and is the link between defence and attack. The Hoops have not won a game in the last three without him and getting the player back in the team could prove pivotal.

Ange doesn’t seem like a manager who would take a risk on any player but he obviously trusts his captain to make the best call.

Celtic will have their work cut out for them on Thursday evening, it will have to be a spirited performances if we’re to get anything out of the game.


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