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‘I’LL CATCH STRACHAN’S EYE,’ McGREGOR

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CALLUM McGREGOR would be justified in thinking of himself as being the unlucky one out among the Scottish players in Brendan Rodgers’ group of Invincibles.

McGregor was no bit part player in that achievement last season and he has been in fine form this season, adding important goals in Celtic’s last two league matches.

Maybe Scotland boss Gordon Strachan reckoned that six was plenty to select from one side and it has to be acknowledged that since taking the bold decision to instal the Celtic players into his side, Scotland have done rather well.

Ten points from a possible twelve has put Scotland in the frame for a place in the play-offs and that is a million miles from the night they struggled to get a draw against Lithuania at Hampden last October.

McGregor’s willingness to run with the ball into offensive positions and his eye for goal could have been utilized by Scotland on Monday against Malta and maybe a few more goals could have been on the scoreboard.

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Instead he was watching on the television like most fans – few thought that Stewart Regan’s £36 was value for money to Malta on a Monday school night.

“I watched the two games and the boys did really well,” McGregor revealed today.

“For me, it’s just about trying to do well at Celtic and hopefully catch the eye.”

McGregor thought that the Scotland team did very well.

“Two great performances and two great wins – they’ve put themselves back in contention,” he reckons.

“I always want to try to get a part of it and being a part of it. Obviously, for me, there’s some big games coming up at Celtic and the Champions League stuff.

“In big games, those are the ones you want to do well in.”

McGregor said that Strachan hadn’t called him to discuss his situation with the Scotland squad.

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“No, I haven’t had any conversations. I try not to look too far ahead and focus on my Celtic stuff and try to do well for the club.

“It’s been a great start but again, for me, I’m just looking at this next big month, a lot of big games coming up. I just want to do well.

“I’ve had a lot of big games under my belt: Champions League, Europa League and big cup games. I feel like I’m ready.

“If I get that call then great.

“If Gordon feels that I’m not ready yet then that’s fine, I’ll keep playing and trying to do well.”

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