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McGregor: 'New Celtic players have handled Champions League well'

The Celtic captain said that the Champions League is 'ruthless'.

Callum McGregor: ‘New Celtic players have handled Champions League well’ SNS Group

Callum McGregor has praised the Celtic players making their Champions League debut this season for how they have handled the European stage.

The Parkhead side have brought in a host of new signings over the last year following the appointment of Ange Postecoglou as manager.

For some, it is their first experience of Europe’s elite competition.

Celtic have picked up one point so far in Group F, having lost their first match against Real Madrid and drawn with Shakhtar Donetsk.

On Wednesday evening, they take on German side RB Leipzig seeking to pick up their first win.

Despite describing the Champions League as “ruthless”, McGregor is hopeful that his team can secure a positive result in Germany.

“We need to continue to grow in the competition as a group,” said McGregor.

“There’s a lot of new players playing at this level for the first time and the guys have handled it really well so far.

“As a group, we just continue to grow bit by bit and understand the game.

“It is really ruthless at this level. Teams take their chances and when you are on top in games you need to find that little bit of quality to get yourself ahead.

“We have started the campaign well, we have learned a lot already but we are a confident group and we think we can have a positive outcome.”

The Celtic captain insisted that the team must take their chances in the match against RB Leipzig.

“We know it will be a tough match. It is a really high-level opponent that we are up against,” he said.

“All we can do is prepare the game plan we think can win the game, be aggressive and try to implement our style.

“We have to take our chances when we get them and do a lot of things right defensively so we are looking forward to the game.”