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‘EVERYONE’S TOGETHER’: CALMAC’S RALLYING CALL

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CALLUM McGREGOR insists he and his team-mates are all behind Neil Lennon and it’s Celtic united as they prepare for further challenges in a monumental season.

The Hoops boss has been in direct line of some fierce criticism in recent weeks with the champions faltering on the home and abroad fronts.

They have won only two of their last eight games, dropped 11 points behind in their quest for 10 in a row and shipped 17 goals – eight in the league and nine in Europe – in a turbulent period for the Parkhead outfit.

However, the Scotland international anchorman has promised the entire squad will dig in for the boss.

McGregor, speaking to Celtic TV, said: “No season is ever perfect or ever the same.

“I always touch on this when we have sticky situations throughout the campaign, that it’s how you react to the adversity in terms of bad results and bad performances. It’s how you react to that which is going to win you the league and that’s what we have to do. We have to galvanise the group.

“The message from the club, from top to bottom, is that everyone’s together.

“We have to work extra hard on the training field, extra hard in the gym, in the games to do that extra yard for each other and, like I said, I have no doubt that we have enough quality to be successful.”

Scotland’s title kings have two games in hand over Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox outfit and are due to face Hearts in the delayed Scottish Cup Final at Hampden on December 20 where they can complete the phenomenal quadruple treble.

McGregor added: “When you look at it, it’s been a strange situation in terms of Covid and the season being a little bit stop-start, catching up games from last season, as well.

“When people look at the league table and see 11 points, people have to remember one of the games was Covid.

“The other one was because we were in a semi-final, we were successful in the semi-final, so then you have the chance to go an complete a quadruple treble.”

Lennon and his team go back into action tomorrow night in the Czech Republic when they take on Sparta Prague in the Europa League Group H before they kick off the defence of the Betfred League Cup against Ross County in the east end of Glasgow on Sunday.

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