'Uphill task' - McGregor reflects on Celtic situation after CL elimination
By James Black
Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor insists his side are getting better after their 2-1 Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich.
The result guarantees Munich and Paris Saint-Germain will finish in the top-two places in the group and qualify for the last-sixteen.
McGregor levelled the scores after Kingsley Coman had given Bayern a first-half lead only for the Bavarians to almost immediately restore their one-goal lead through Javi Martinez.
Brendan Rodgers’ side were far from just being there to make up the numbers as they pushed the injury-hit Germans all the way at a noisy Celtic Park.
McGregor thinks his side are getting to grips with playing at the highest level after comprehensive defeats by Bayern, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona over the last two seasons.
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“We are getting better,” McGregor said, as quoted by STV’s website.
“You can see we are progressing and starting to play the way we want to play, dominating parts of the game.
“We gave them a tough test and that’s what we want to do.
“It’s just unfortunate we concede just after the equaliser and it’s an uphill task again.”
McGregor’s goal was his second so far this season in the group stages of Europe’s premier club competition and although Celtic have been eliminated, McGregor will be hoping for more in Celtic’s last two games.
The result means the best Celtic can hope for now is a third place and a parachute into the Europa League knockout stages in 2018.