Shane Duffy transfer latest as Celtic star Callum McGregor dismisses gap worries

Callum McGregor insists there is no panic at Celtic after a chaotic week.

The champs dropped two points at Kilmarnock then saw two games
 postponed by the Boli Bolingoli affair after he broke Covid-19 rules. Old 
Firm rivals Rangers can go 11 points clear of Celts if they win their two
 Premiership games before Neil Lennon’s side return to league action.

But McGregor isn’t
 worried about losing ground so early in the chase for 10 In A Row.

The Scotland midfielder, gearing up for Tuesday’s Champions League first qualifying round shoot-out against KR Reykjavik at Parkhead, said: “I don’t think there’s any need to panic at all.

“The matches we missed will be played. It’s not a case of playing catch-up in terms of points.

“Once we get to the games, we will be focused on one at a time as we catch up on fixtures further down the line. We are only really focused on
ourselves.

“We have come through this week and now we have a positive game to look
 forward to on Tuesday.

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“Of course, it would have been nice to get back to playing quickly to make up for the disappointment of the Kilmarnock game.

“That would have been ideal but we are now
looking ahead to the 
qualifier. It’s a nice game to have and we have to get it right on the night.

“There is big pressure on the boys to get the win and make sure we go through.

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“But we look at that as a positive. We have trained well and are confident about getting the result if we do the right things.”

Celts look to be fighting a losing battle in their
 bid to land Brighton
 centre-half Shane Duffy on loan, with West Brom on the verge of signing the 28-year-old Irish stopper on a permanent deal.

Ukrainian winger
 Marian Shved has moved to Belgian outfit Mechelen on a season-long loan.


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