Callum McGregor puts Old Firm defeat in perspective


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Callum McGregor believes Celtic are still in pole position to win the Scottish Premiership title this season despite Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Rangers.

The Bhoys were comprehensively beaten by their Old Firm rivals at Ibrox, with Ryan Jack’s deflected first-half strike proving the difference, although Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers and his Rangers counterpart Steven Gerrard both felt the score could have been more emphatic.

However, despite the defeat, Celtic still head into the new year top of the league standings, albeit only on goal difference, while they also have a game in hand on all the sides directly below them in the standings.

Scotland international McGregor certainly feels the Hoops are still the side to beat this season and he is keen to move on from the defeat to Rangers.

“We’re still top of the league with a game-in-hand and we’re still in a decent position,” McGregor was quoted as saying by the Irish News.

“As long as we go away and work hard in the winter break and come back with that freshness in the team again, we’ll be looking to win our game in-hand and have a good second half to the season.”

Celtic certainly have time to recover from Saturday’s loss as the winter break means they are not back in action until they take on Airdrieonians in the Scottish Cup on January 2019.

The Bhoys first league match of 2019 will be against St Mirren at Parkhead four days later and they are priced at 1.08 to win that match, while their relegation-threatened opponents are available at 29.00 and the draw is on offer at 10.00.

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