Soccer Football - Scottish Premiership - Celtic v Aberdeen - Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain - July 31, 2022 Celtic's Callum McGregor with the Scottish Premiership trophy arrives at the stadium before the match REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Celtic Captain Callum McGregor played a pivotal role during Celtic’s successful 2021/22 season as he drove the team on to win two trophies in Ange Postecoglou’s first season. 

Yesterday he was given the honour of unfurling the flag which in recent years has been done by Celtic Legends such as Sean Fallon, John Clark and Bobby Lennox amongst others.

He proudly carried the SPFL Premiership on to the park before doing the honours which was met with a phenomenal spectacle around him with the tifo looking absolutely tremendous.

“The crowd were unbelievable. Around the stadium, You’ll Never Walk Alone was unbelievable,” said Callum McGregor speaking to the Celtic website. 

“It was brilliant. I was super proud and I’m really grateful to the club for asking me to do it. You could feel the energy in the stadium – it was a brilliant moment.

“Now it’s down to business, so let’s see if we can go and do it again.”

It was a great start to the season for the Hoops as they fairly comfortably beat Aberdeen 2-0 with goals coming from Stephen Welsh and Jota.

Both McGregor and Postecoglou were keen to stress that after the celebrations had seized the season had begun and there could be no room for complacency.

On the match itself, the Celtic captain seemed pleased about the result but admitted that there was room for improvement with Celtic being wasteful at times in possession.

“We started really well and in the first 35 minutes showed some sharp and really intense football.

“We got a little slack towards the end of the first-half, but in the second-half we had good control, and Jota scored a great goal just to seal it, but I thought we had good control of the game at that point.

“It was a terrific strike. We know he has that quality and it was worthy of winning any game.

“A lot of the play was good. We had good control, playing through the lines really well but maybe just lacking that little bit of sharpness in front of goal.

“It is early on, but we want to keep drumming it into the players that when we get these kind of opportunities we try and put them away and be as ruthless as we can.”

Attention now turns very quickly to Dingwall on Saturday for the first away trip of the season. Both games up there last season were tight so the Hoops will be hoping for a more comfortable afternoon.

 

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