Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor discusses moment he realised how special Old Firm game is

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The 22-year-old is hoping to earn a place in the Hoops team that will face their bitter rivals in the Scottish Cup semi-final.

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor has claimed that a Thomas Gravesen goal against Rangers was one of his favourite moments from when he used to be a ball boy at Parkhead, but insisted that he plans to make his own moment when the Old Firm meet in the Scottish Cup semi-final next month, the Evening Times reports.

The 22-year-old did not feature when the two sides met in last year's Scottish League Cup semi-final, but appears to be in contention to play this time around having started the Hoops' last three games.

And ahead of potentially making his Old Firm bow, McGregor explained how Gravesen's goal continues to whet his appetite to feature in a game between the two heavyweights of Scottish football.

"It was amazing. I think I was right beside the goal that he scored into and me and a few of the other lads were celebrating like mad. It was great to feel that you were a part of that, but now I want to go one better and make my own stamp," he told the Evening Times.

"These are the games that you dream of playing in when you are just a boy. I feel lucky that I have been given this chance to come back into the team and as soon as the draw was made I was determined to do enough to get handed a starting jersey.

"I was brought up watching games against Rangers and I know how much everyone gets out of them. It would be an absolute dream to go out and do well in a game of that magnitude."

Given that last season's meeting has been the only contest between the pair since 2012, the bragging rights on offer are almost as important as the place in the Scottish Cup final that the winner will secure. 

While beating a second tier team may not seem to be the best way for Ronny Deila to alleviate some of the pressure on his position as manager, giving the fans a reason to celebrate in the manner McGregor did around a decade ago could go a long way to ensuring that he is not in any danger of facing the axe in the summer.  

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