SCOTLAND Manager Gordon Strachan surprised everyone in Scottish football today by his failure to include on-form Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor in his squad to face England on the crucial World Cup Qualifier at Hampden on Saturday 10 June.
McGregor has become a regular starter for Brendan Rodgers’ side who have just completed an Invincible league programme and head to the National Stadium on Saturday aiming to complete an Invincible Treble.
McGregor has been a stand-out in recent weeks and has become a real goal threat to Celtic’s opponents. Rangers suffered at both Hampden and Ibrox and he also scored a cracker last Thursday at Firhill.
The player has built a tremendous understanding with Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong in the Celtic midfield and many pundits believed that after the six Celts named in the squad, all played well and effectively saved Strachan’s job with the 1-0 win over Slovakia, that they would be joined by McGregor.
Starchan strangely has named FOUR goalkeepers in his squad and there are call ups for Jamie Murphy from Brighton and the Aberdeen pair of Kenny McLean and Mark Reynolds.
The six Celtic players in the squad are Craig Gordon, Kieran Tierney, Stuart Armstrong, Scott Brown, James Forrest and Leigh Griffiths.
Hearts have had Jack Hamilton called up and John McGinn represents the Championship and Hibs in the Scotland squad.
There are no Rangers players picked with the rest of the squad playing their football in England.