McGregor: Confident Celtic know what we need to do to be successful

The Hoops captain is aiming to lift the Scottish Cup for the sixth time at Hampden on Saturday.

Callum McGregor is adamant that the Celtic squad are confident that they know what they need to do to be successful as they prepare to take on Rangers in the Scottish Cup final.

The Hoops skipper has a chance to add to his extensive medal collection at Hampden on Saturday in the first Old Firm final in the competition for 22 years.

The Scotland midfielder lifted the latest of 21 trophies with Celtic last weekend when they were presented with the Premiership crown.

That includes five Scottish Cups in the last seven years but the 30-year-old remains hungry for more and he has belief in his teammates ahead of the showpiece game.

Speaking on Thursday he said: “With the nature of the season and how it goes, if you don’t pick up the first trophy then a lot of your work goes unnoticed until the last ten days of the season.

“So maybe externally everyone’s now thinking that it’s maybe not been too bad, but you’ve got to battle and league’s are won over ten, 11 months of really hard work and graft and perseverance and resilience and we have put ourselves in a good position now.

“We arrive into the game at the weekend full of confidence and we understand the challenge, it will be a massive game with two good teams.

“So we understand where we are and we have to give everything to the game and in cup finals you need a bit of luck, you need things to go your way, you’ve got to play well on the day.

“So we’ve got a good chance, we’ll turn up, we’re full of confidence off the back of securing the league.

“We’ve always been confident and the last ten days have put us in a nice place and hopefully we can finish off the season with a double at the weekend.

“Resilience is the key word when you go to win leagues, you’ve got to stay together and trust each other and that’s we did and got it over the line and we deserved it.

“So we arrive into the game at the weekend full of confidence and we know what we need to do to be successful.

“At the start of every season I want to win everything that we are in and when you lose one it hurts and stays with you and throughout my career I’ve tried to limit the amount of times I’ve felt like that so come Saturday and I am going to try and limit the chances of feeling like that again.

“So come Saturday afternoon we want to be one’s left standing with the trophy.”

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