By Noel Whelan
Noel Whelan has insisted losing Callum McGregor to injury is a “massive blow” for Celtic.
However, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds United and Aberdeen striker said the 29-year-old’s absence provides an opportunity for other players to step in.
McGregor picked up an injury in the Celts’ Champions League defeat to RB Leipzig last Wednesday (5 October).
On Saturday (8 October), Sky Sports revealed that the Celtic captain will be out of action until after the World Cup in Qatar.
Ange Postecoglou said the initial report suggested McGregor will be out for “three or four weeks”.
The Green and Whites boss added that missing the midfielder is a “massive loss”.
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Whelan echoed Postecoglou’s view and said it is always difficult for teams to lose important players.
“Injuries to key players are always damaging to a team,” he told Football Insider.
“It is unfortunate because it is such a massive blow for Celtic.
“Again a last-gasp winner just keeps them edging ahead of Rangers but I did think it was going to be a runaway season.
“I always felt that the Old Firm games were going to decide where the title goes and I still believe that.
“I will not change my mind on that because I still believe that it is going to be such a tight fought race that only those games are going to be the difference between where the title goes.
“They are going to have to deal with the fact that they have got an important player out but at the same time this is where someone needs to step up in to some big shoes and fulfil them and take the opportunity.“
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By Noel Whelan