Callum McGregor counting on repeat performance from Celtic against Rosenborg

Celtic's Callum McGregor speaks to the press (SNS Group / Craig Williamson)
Celtic's Callum McGregor speaks to the press (SNS Group / Craig Williamson)

CALLUM MCGREGOR insists Celtic are confident of Champions League progress ahead of their Rosenborg return.

The Scottish champions are 3-1 up from the first leg of the second qualifier at Parkhead last week and will look to finish the tie off in Trondheim on Wednesday night, with the promise of AEK Athens in the next round.

Brendan Rodgers’ men have negotiated their way through the qualifiers in the last two seasons and indeed beat Rosenborg 1-0 on aggregate in the penultimate qualifier last season, with James Forrest scoring a late winner in the second leg in Norway.

McGregor said: “Everything is familiar. We’ve been here before – same hotel, same stadium – so we know what we need to do here to come and get a result.

“Make no mistake, it’s a hard process to go through as you play against some good teams, but this group of players and with the manager, we are confident if we prepare properly and play well.

“We had a good game last week so we’re comfortable coming here.

“We had a good result last year as well and that breeds confidence in the players to know that we can come and get the job done.

“We need to come here and see the job out, but in these ties you can never rule out an early goal which can change the game.

“So we’ll come here and be professional and we’ve prepared well, and we just have to try and draw on that experience from last year and try to get a positive result.

“We’re getting more and more confident with each game. We’ve been through the process for a couple of years now and we can draw on that experience, when the ties are difficult you can dig in and get a result so that experience is massive for us.”