“If this doesn’t get you excited then you’re probably in the wrong sport,” Callum McGregor

Callum McGregor will be looking to get his hands on the Scottish Cup this afternoon in the first ever Glasgow Derby Scottish Cup Final.

Callum McGregor and Brendan Rodgers embrace following the  victory over theRangers at Celtic Park on May 11, 2024. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Since theRangers was founded in 2012 by Charles Green there has been semi-final meetings but never a final between the two clubs, until today.

Speaking at his media conference ahead of today showpiece final at Hampden Park the Celtic captain explained how he sets out every season to win absolutely everything and after a Treble last season will be happy to accept that two out of three ain’t bad.

Maximise every opportunity

Callum McGregor and Joe Hart lift the Scottish Scottish Premiership trophy at Celtic Park on May 18, 2024. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

“The way that I’ve been brought up and the way my football career’s panned out so far, I’ve tried to maximise every opportunity that I’ve got, and at the start of the season I want to try and win everything that we’re in.

“When you lose one, it hurts and that stays with you, and throughout my career I’ve tried to limit the amount of times I’ve felt like that, so come Saturday I’m going try and limit the amount of times I feel like that again.

We understand the challenge

Joe Hart with Callum McGregor after the victory over Hearts in the Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, on Saturday May 4, 2024. Photo Andrew Milligan

“That’s where I am and that’s what we try to get across to the players – that come Saturday afternoon we want to be the ones standing with the trophy,” Calmac said.

He added: “We go into the game at the weekend full of confidence, but we understand the challenge. It’s going to be a massive game and both teams are really good teams, so we understand where we are.

We’ve got a good chance

 Callum McGregor arrives  at Celtic Park. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“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 need to play well on the day, so we’ve got a good chance.

“We turn up, we’re full of confidence off the back of securing the league so, for us, we’ve always been confident and obviously the last 10 days have put us in a nice place where hopefully we can finish with a Double at the weekend.

“We’ve had good success together, and the guys who’ve joined us, we’ve had that successful moment in getting over the line at Kilmarnock and then the Trophy Day at the weekend.

“Hopefully that brings the group tighter together as well and they get to feel what it is like to be a successful Celtic player, and hopefully that can carry us into the game at the weekend.

Down to us as players to turn up and deliver

Callum McGregor during the preseason friendly between Celtic and Gamba Osaka at Panasonic Stadium Suita on July 22, 2023 in Suita, Osaka, Japan. (Photo by Kenta Harada/Getty Images)

“But make no mistake, we know how difficult that’s going to be. In cup finals you’ve got to do a lot right on the day to get yourself over the line. So hopefully we’re in as good a place as we can be and it’s now down to us as players to turn up and deliver.

“It’s a great occasion and a great showpiece for Scottish football, and it’s brilliant to be involved in as a player. This is what you want to do, this is why you play football, and if this doesn’t get you excited then you’re probably in the wrong sport.”

Hopefully around 5pm this afternoon we’ll be cheering Callum McGregor and Joe Hart as they lift the Scottish Cup to complete the double – the Scottish Premiership title and the Scottish Cup.


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