CALLUM McGREGOR will step up his comeback bid by training with the squad in Australia over the next few days.
The crocked Celtic captain has been out of action since limping off with a knee injury in the first-half of the 3-1 loss to RB Leipzig at the start of last month.
McGregor has missed the last 11 games with Cameron Carter-Vickers taking over as skipper. With the central defender now in Qatar with the US international side for the World Cup Finals, Joe Hart will be given the armband for tomorrow morning’s match against the local side the Sydney Super Cup kick-off.
The Hoops wind up their whistle-stop tour with a second game against Everton on Sunday morning with a 3.45am commencement.
OZ-SOME…Celtic skipper Callum McGregor takes in the sights with Sydney Opera House in the background. Image courtesy Celtic TV.
McGregor aims to use the trip Down Under to strengthen his comeback quest before the Premiership resumes with a visit to Pittodrie to take on Aberdeen on Saturday December 17.
The 29-year-old influential midfielder, speaking to Celtic TV, said: “Hopefully, I will be joining bits of the sessions this week and just progressing the rehab.
“It will be an important five, six days for me, as well. I am looking forward to getting back on the grass with the boys.
“I’m sure the gaffer will be keen for us to put on a good show coming back to his home country. He will be putting pressure on the lads to make sure they are performing well. Good football, good intensity and want to have two victories, as well.
“These fans get up in the middle of the night to watch the games and this is an opportunity to see us live. It’s important we don’t disappoint and show them the best of ourselves and put on a good show for them.”