Lisbon Lion Jim Craig has shot down claims made by current Hoops mainstay Callum McGregor that the team who have just won the domestic treble for the second season in a row are on a par with the Hoops side that won the European Cup in 1967.
Craig believes that McGregor, who made the claim as reported by the Daily Record, is entitled to his opinion but warned that the Hoops must do better in Europe before making such comparisons.
“I have no problem with the Lisbon Lions comparison but that is for other people to decide not me” Craig said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“Good luck to Callum as he’s entitled to say what he fully believes. Celtic have done brilliantly but now they have to do the difficult bit.
“They have to do better in Europe. That is the next target for them all. The European record has been a bit disappointing in recent years. That has to improve.”
McGregor, who made 55 appearances for the Hoops last season, scored the winning goal in the Bhoys’ last victory in Europe, the 1-0 win over Zenit in the Europa League.
Football Insider verdict
McGregor was being just a bit over the top in his proclamations about the current Hoops line-up, and Craig is correct to point out that the results in Europe must improve. Whilst the Hoops don’t have as much money as many of the teams they will face in Europe, that doesn’t excuse performances like the 5-0 and 7-1 losses to PSG and especially the 3-0 loss to Zenit in the Europa League. Whilst this current Hoops side deserve incredible credit for what they have achieved on the domestic front, doubts will exist about how good a side they really are until they start to perform on a regular basis in Europe, which will hopefully begin with a decent Champions League campaign next season. Once the Bhoys start to compete with the elite in Europe on a regular basis instead of just getting hammered by them all the time then McGregor’s comments could have some validity to them.
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