Ninth Title The Target For Main Man McGregor

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As we enter a crucial weekend in the context of the league campaign could the most important pieces of the jigsaw finally be falling into place for Celtic at the perfect time?

Despite a season of upheaval are we finally about to see something like our best XI available as we approach the business end of the title race?

Whatever way you want to look at it it’s been a tumultuous first season with Brendan Rodgers back at the helm.

Was it ever going to be anything but in the aftermath of the “Ange Era”?

Fallouts with the Green Brigade, poor transfer windows (x2), injuries to key players, and the exit of Head of Recruitment Mark Lawwell are just some of the issues that the manager has had to contend with since his return, with each bringing its own unique challenges.

Despite this however we still find ourselves fully in control of our own destiny with the target of a Scottish Premiership and Scottish Cup Double very much in our sights.

But as we prepare to face Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday could the biggest factor in getting a positive result on the southside be the return of influential skipper Callum McGregor?

Whilst Cameron Carter-Vickers and Reo Hatate both continued their recovery in Sunday’s win at Livingston – two players who are absolutely pivotal to how Celtic play – its the return of the captain after a four-game absence which could give the side the biggest boost of all.

With reports suggesting he could have been fit for the trip to West Lothian, Brendan Rodgers and his backroom team decided not to take the risk on the artificial surface and instead it seems all routes now point towards derby day for a player targeting an incredible ninth Scottish league title.

Callum McGregor Has Had To Bide His Time On The Sidelines In recent Weeks
Callum McGregor Has Had To Bide His Time On The Sidelines In Recent Weeks

It would be his third as club captain and as he approaches 500 appearances in green and white the Scotland international needs no more motivation than that.

His influence on those around him can’t be underestimated and the boost it would give to his team-mates were he to lead the team out on Sunday at a stadium devoid of Celtic fans – at least until next season – would be monumental.

Following his ban Brendan Rodgers will also be in close quarters as he orchestrates proceedings from the side-lines and the inclusion of these two figures who have been there and done that could be the difference maker on the day.

Like his manager, McGregor has already played his part on securing two wins from two against our Glasgow rivals this season, but on both occasions had to do so without Carter-Vickers or Hatate.

The inclusion of all three players in this weekend’s starting line-up could very well be the foundations on which a third consecutive derby win is built upon.

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