Hibs defender Darren McGregor has already played his part in breaking one famous footballing record – now he has his sights set on wrecking Celtic’s epic 67-game unbeaten run.
The 32-year-old has timed his return from a knee injury perfectly after ending a three-month lay-off in Saturday’s victory at Partick Thistle ahead of a mouth-watering run of matches against Celtic, Rangers and Aberdeen.
McGregor wrote himself into club’s folklore when he helped end the Leith outfit’s tortuous 114-year wait for Scottish Cup glory against Rangers in May 2016.
It was during that month last year that Celtic lost their last domestic game in a set-back to St Johnstone and McGregor is desperate to inflict a rare loss on the reigning Scottish champions on Sunday.
He said: “Some people say I have timed it perfectly, that I am just back for the big games but that’s what we all play football for – to judge yourself against the best and Celtic are the measuring stick, unbeaten in 67 games.
“It’s some feat and records are there to be beaten and I believe in the games we’ve played them this season we’ve given them a bit of bother.
“It’s a tremendous effort not just in Scottish football but the world over because you have to beat what’s in front of you and there’s lots of factors that can spring up and make that difficult so fair play to them to go out all these times and to never be beaten is a hell of an achievement.
“But it is there to be broken and every team that plays them hopes it will be them and we’ll be working hard to try to do it.
“I am not sitting here predicting a win on Sunday, that would be naive. Brendan Rodgers has done a phenomenal job gathering the amount of players, the quality players he has and building that ethos as well.
“If they are at the top of their game anyone in Scotland would be hard pressed to beat them even if they themselves were playing well. But you have to hope that they have a wee bit of an off day and maybe have their eye on other things and we could maybe nick a goal and the three points potentially.”
The current Celtic side have already broken their own unbeaten 62-game record set by Willy Maley’s Hoops a century earlier but McGregor insists putting the Parkhead club to the sword would not feature highly on his own list of personal achievements.
He added: “I don’t think it would rank too highly for me.
“Winning the Scottish Cup, promotion, ending Celtic’s unbeaten run would be an achievement but the run will be remembered as opposed to ending it.”