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‘NEVER BET AGAINST GRIFF,’ CALMAC

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CALLUM McGREGOR predicts Leigh Griffiths will join Celtic’s Century club in the forthcoming weeks – and could even achieve the feat against Sevco Rangers in Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden.

The Hoops midfielder got the opening goal against Hamilton Accies yesterday while his prolific team-mate headed in the winner within a minute of his second-half substitute appearance in the 2-1 victory.

Griffiths is now on 98 goals for the Hoops since his move from Wolves four years ago – and McGregor believes the ton is on its way.

He said: “You can never back against Griff, he’s that type of player. He’s a big-time player and once he gets one he could get two or three. He’s the type of boy who just shoots and, more often than not, it goes into the net.

“Reaching 100 goals would be a special achievement for him and all of the boys will be delighted and proud of him, as well.”

McGregor took his own tally to nine for the season with his clever third-minute effort in an encounter that turned into a bit of a slog against 10-man opponents who had Darren Lyon red-carded.

But the 24-year-old playmaker said: “In terms of winning games like this one, it will give us more confidence and we know we can go and wrap the league up the week after the Rangers (sic) game.

“There was a lot of noise coming from Ibrox the last time we played them and that started to turn heads and maybe swung things in their favour going into the game.

“Now we have that confidence. They will be confident as well, but we know in the tough situations we can look after ourselves.

“Patrick Roberts is now getting back into it and he always gives you that bit of quality.

“He’s great one-on-one and can create chances just as he did for my goal.

“I thought his performance was excellent and Griff also came on and scored a goal so we have threats on the bench and we also have a lot of boys in the stand so it shows you the depth we have.”

McGregor added: “It is difficult against Hamilton with the pitch. They went down to 10 men and they sat in and that made it harder to break them down as well.

“It is a difficult place to come. We are delighted with the three points.

“It was always going to be a tough game for us. We went ahead early and then thought it was going to be okay.

“However, we have given ourselves a massive opportunity to win the league in a couple of weeks.”

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