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McGREGOR TARGETS WIN IN TRONDHEIM AND ROBERTS RETURN

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CALLUM McGREGOR has admitted that he’s kept in touch with our ‘Lost Bhoy’ Paddy Roberts over the summer and is keen to see him return to Paradise.

Paddy’s best pal Kieran Tierney, who captained Celtic at Sunderland on Saturday, has also revealed that he’s on the phone to Roberts every other day in the hope that the Celtic number seven in waiting will make a decision that Celtic is his natural footballing home.

He’s certainly adored and Paradise by the entire support and he isn’t short of admirers within the playing squad either.

McGregor, who has forced his way into contention for a starting place tomorrow evening against Rosenborg with a senior career first hat-trick at the Stadium of Light in Celtic’s impressive 5-0 victory, gave an insight into his interest in seeing Roberts back at Parkhead.

“I have text and Whatsapp’d him a couple of times this summer,” revealed McGregor. “Like everyone, it would be great to see him back here but that is really a matter for the club and for the manager. That isn’t something that we can have too much to say about.

“But I think everyone could see what he brought to the team. He made a fantastic contribution to Celtic last season in a brilliant campaign and he’d be a great addition to the squad again. But for now we are just focused on what we can do on the park.

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“The rest of it will be sorted out by the manager. We all want the chance to play Champions League football again so it is about making sure that we go out and get ourselves into the next round now, no matter what it takes.

“We are under no illusions about what we will need to do but I think we all feel confident that we are capable of going to Trondheim and getting a result tomorrow night.”

“By their very nature these games are tough ones to call,” McGregor admitted. “We all know that it is early days for us and both teams want to go through as badly as one another. We just have to concentrate on our own game and I think the fact we know how tense these games can be can help us.

“We know how important it is to stay focused and to stay calm. It is vital that we don’t panic. We have shown that we are capable of playing at the highest level so it is a case of sticking to the game plan.

“We are a team who have chances in us. We do create opportunities. So we need to keep our focus and take any chances that come our way.”

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