Callum McGregor delivers verdict on Hampden occasion for Celtic clash v Hibernian
By James Black
Celtic star Callum McGregor is excited by his side’s visit to Hampden to face Hibernian in the Scottish League Cup semi-final – admitting “it never gets old” playing at the national stadium.
The Hoops face Neil Lennon’s Hibs in the first of the weekend’s semi-finals at Hampden and will be hoping to extend their unbeaten domestic run to 60 games.
Rangers and Motherwell face off in the other semi-final with the winners returning to Mount Florida next month for the final.
McGregor has played at Hampden on numerous occasions – lifting a Scottish Cup and two League Cups and three Scottish Youth Cupd there – and relishes getting to play at the 52,000-capacity ground.
“It never gets old, coming here,” said McGregor, as quoted by the Evening Times website.
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“And when you play somewhere and have good memories, I think it always gives you that extra little bit of confidence.
“You think ‘I can score goals here’ or win things here.
“It gives you a nice feeling going into the game.”
McGregor was an unused substitute in the midweek Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich and should play some part against Hibs on Saturday afternoon.
The 24-year-old has enjoyed a good start to the season for Brendan Rodgers’ side so far scoring six times in sixteen appearances for the Hoops.
The two sides recently met at Celtic Park in the Scottish Premiership with McGregor scoring both of Celtic’s goals in a 2-2 draw.
McGregor’s equaliser ten minutes from the end of that game is the closest Celtic’s domestic run has come to ending.
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