'It's not been acceptable' - Celtic ace demands improvement


Celtic prospect Callum McGregor has admitted an improvement is needed - but feels the side are making progress.

Callum McGregor has urged for calm amongst Celtic fans after the side's poor start to the season.

McGregor and his team have already exited the Champions League, whilst their league form has already been worrying.

It has led to severe pressure falling on new manager Ronny Deila's shoulders, and he will have a tough job to win around the fan-base now.

However, McGregor insists that although performances haven't been good enough so far things will turn around soon.

“At Celtic, we are a massive club and people are going to doubt you when you start to lose games and not pick up the usual points," he said to the club's official site.

"Everyone in here knows that it’s not been acceptable so far. It’s just going to take a wee bit of time but we all believe that we’re going to get there.

“There’s a lot of people away on international duty at the moment but for the ones that are still here, we’ve had a few good training sessions and we’re looking forward to getting the squad back together next week and focusing on the league.

“Everyone is talking about the transitional period we are in and I know it comes across as a bit of a cliché but people have to gel and we’re slowly but surely getting there. I think you can see that in some of the performances that we have played very well at times even though some of the results haven’t gone our way.”

Celtic's last result, a 1-0 defeat at home to Hamilton, has meant that the atmosphere around Parkhead has taken a turn for the worse. 

The side are expected to win the league comfortably, as Deila has promised, but they are going to have some catching up to do now and they will not want to offer any encouragement to other teams in the division that this is the year they can be toppled.

McGregor himself is one of the few Celtic players to come out of this difficult period with any credit.

The youngster has benefitted from Deila's faith in him and impressed since being plunged into first-team life, but the more senior members of the squad must step-up to avoid what could be a desperately disappointing season at the club. 

If this form keeps up Deila's job will be on the line, but McGregor has supported his manager and he feels that, given time, things will improve. 

“There have been a few games [where you could see the improvements], such as against Dinamo Zagreb," he said. "Unfortunately I never played in that game because I was ill, but you could start to see some of the signs of good football and against Hearts as well, they were two good performances. You’re starting to see the overlaps from the full-backs and some good passing and moving.

"You can see the signs of what the manager is trying to do but when it comes to the fore you get a high-scoring game, so everyone has to remain upbeat and not get too disappointed when it doesn’t go our way."

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