CALLUM McGREGOR insists Scotland must be more ruthless to make an impact at international level.

The Celtic midfielder, who was a second-half substitute in the 1-0 loss against Costa Rica at Hampden on Friday night, admitted he has learned from his experience of playing in the Champions League.

McGregor, 24, said: “When teams get one chance, it’s a goal.

“It’s that ruthless side of the game that Scotland could be doing with.”

McGregor hopes to pick up his third Scots cap in tonight’s friendly against Hungary in Budapest and said: “Sometimes we go into games and we’re dominating possession-wise and we’re just not getting that goal.

“It’s important that we try and add that to our game.

“I’ve only got a couple of caps, but I feel as though I’ve played at a good level for long enough that you can come and influence it at this level.

“I’ve tried to impress. It’s another big opportunity for me to show what I can do.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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