‘WE’RE UP FOR MASSIVE TASK,’ CALMAC

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CALLUM McGREGOR, last week’s Europa League matchwinner, believes Celtic can score against Zenit St Petersburg in tonight’s second leg at the Krestovsky Stadium.

The midfielder, whose stunning volley has handed the Hoops a 1-0 advantage, is confident the team’s European journey that kicked off in July with a Champions League second qualifying tie will continue.

He insisted: “With this current group of players, we’ve shown we can score away from home.

“We also know that an away goal will be vital for us in terms of the tie, so we’re positive going into the game.

“First and foremost, we can only look to try to get through that tie and then maybe we can start to think longer-term.

“We had a great result at home against Zenit, but we don’t want to get carried away.

“We know it’s going to be a massive task to see out the tie, so we’ll be fully focused on that.”

McGregor reflected on last week’s special occasion and added: “It’s hard to describe when you hear that noise level.

“I remember actually thinking, two or three minutes after the goal, that the fans were still rocking as if the goal had actually just gone in.

“The manager mentioned after the game that we played like men and with maturity. The more games we play at this level, we seem to be getting more and more comfortable.

“In terms of seeing games out, if you think about Bayern Munich, we scored and then, just three or four minutes later, we lost a goal.

“Again, that’s another stepping point, being able to see out games as well and it’s another good positive for us.”

* McGregor was talking to this week’s Celtic View, on sale now.

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