CAPTAIN MARVEL Callum McGregor hailed the true grit spirit of Celtic as the champions put one hand on this season’s Premiership title.

The Scotland international anchorman was back to his reliable best in his midfield beat as the Hoops saw off their Ibrox foes 2-1 with an opener from Matt O’Riley and an own goal from John Lundstram who diverted a left-wing cross from Daizen Maeda beyond Jack Butland.

The Hoops are now six points ahead with just two games to play – against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Wednesday and St Mirren at Parkhead on Saturday.

ENDGAME…Callum McGregor saviours the moment at full-time at Parkhead.

In truth, Brendan Rodgers’ men made hard work of sealing the third derby victory of the campaign against opponents who played the entire second-half a man short after the red card for John Lundstram just before the interval.

McGregor said: “Defending as a group in the box, we work on that constantly. That’s why Joe Hart has as few saves as possible that he has to make, because they’re a unit and they defend together.

“You have to have that grit and determination.

“We were tested at the end, boys were making blocks, tackles and headers. That’s all part of being a successful football team.”

The 30-year-old inspirational onfield leader, speaking to Celtic TV, added: “In derby games and league titles, there’s always difficult moments. You’ve got to come through them.

”You show that character and resilience to get over the line.

“We’ve taken a big step, but we know the job isn’t finished yet.

“We have to rest and recover and go again on Wednesday night and try to get over the line.”

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