Callum McGregor will have fond memories of Fir Park when he takes to the field in tonight’s Betfred Cup follow up.
Just short of a year ago Celtic came close to losing their unbeaten domestic record when Motherwell led 2-0 and 3-1.
McGregor was sent on after 30 minutes to play in the unusual role of left-back and responded with a goal and a major part in the recovery that ended with a last gasp winner from Tom Rogic.
With a full set of domestic medals to his name and the confidence of being a Champions League goalscorer the 24-year-old is looking forward to tonight’s clash.
“Motherwell will be ready, they’ll be feeling hard done by over the penalty so we expect it tough but we look forward to it,” McGregor said.
“That match ( the 4-3 game) was a big turning point for me, it was my first goal of the season. That got the team back into the match and allowed me to play with a bit more freedom.
“We were 2-0 down when I scored, we ended up winning in the last minute which shows the character that we have in the squad.”
McGregor could hardly have scripted for 2017 to go any better.
He became a regular in the treble winning squad, scored in back-to-back wins over Sevco, lifted both domestic cup trophies, signed a new Celtic contract and finally won his first Scotland cap.
Despite those landmarks there is no time for self congratulation with McGregor fully buying into the methods that Brendan Rodgers has brought to the club.
“It’s great to be part of a team winning trophies, especially at this club,” he added.
“At Hampden we knew Motherwell would be dogged and tough to break down. We had to be patient, we had to work them, tire them out then spaces would open up.
“The goal changed things. They had to come out then lost a man and we went two goals in front. Ultimately that killed the game and it was pretty confortable from then on in.”