Preparation key for Euro tie admits Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor

Celtic's Callum McGregor
Celtic's Callum McGregor

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor believes preparation is everything as they get set to continue their Champions League qualifying bid in Kazakhstan.

Celtic travel to central Asia for the third time in four seasons next week when they take on Astana.

Although they have previously gone through against Shakhter Karagandy, who played at Astana’s stadium, and Qarabag of Azerbaijan, they did not score a goal in either away leg.

Astana made history last year by becoming the first team from their country to reach the Champions League group stages and they were unbeaten at home throughout their campaign.

So McGregor knows Celtic can leave nothing to chance when they fly out on Monday ahead of Wednesday’s first leg of the third qualifying round.

The 23-year-old said: “I know they got to the Champions League last year and by all accounts they did well. We know they are going to be a tough opponent.

“Teams in that sort of area are getting better and obviously they proved that last year by getting to the Champions League.”