Celtic news latest as Hatate dishes out English advice and McGregor looks to maintain dominant Hampden record

The cup final talk is building to a crescendo and soon it will be time for Celtic to take on the music.

The Hoops will defend their League Cup crown on Sunday when rivals Rangers meet them in the final of the Viaplay Cup at Hampden Park. Ange Postecoglou’s side have been relentless in the Premiership and are yet to lose a domestic game this season but one of their two draws has been against Michael Beale’s Light Blues so they know they are in for a fight.

There was a humble approach to their thoughts on the competition and the conversation will soon be on a Hampden turf, which should be in better shape than what both sides found it in last month’s semi-finals. There were plenty of headlines leading up to it and 24 hours to go is here record sport Summary of all the big news around Celtic Park.

Simply speak

Midfielder Reo Hatate has revealed he can communicate in English with his teammates in the park. The Japanese star and his compatriot have all used translators during their time at Glasgow but the playmaker says he’s learned enough to keep up with his peers.

He said in a fans question-and-answer session: “Even if our team scores, the fact will soon become past events, so I’m trying to have conversations that improve our team’s game. I try to get it across to my teammates as concisely as possible using simple English that I’ve learned. We don’t have enough time to talk during the game, so I try to convey quickly to my teammates what the whole team thinks is necessary to improve.”

Clinical Calmac

If there is such a thing as a Hampden specialist, that man is Captain Callum McGregor. The midfielder knows his way around big games at the National Stadium and has played in 13 finals from his time at Lennoxtown youth academy. Ahead of the 14th, McGregor is taking home a stunning 100% record and he will be looking to continue that into Sunday’s derby.

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European red flag

Former Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has mentioned Celtic in his anger at the UEFA machinery currently dominating European football. Talk of a continental Super League has never stopped and against this backdrop, the ex-Turin powerbroker says clubs like Celtic will fall short.


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