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CALMAC’S HOOPS BOOST

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CALLUM McGREGOR has handed Celtic a massive boost in the run-in to the treble treble by returning to training today.

The Scotland international midfielder hasn’t played since the 2-0 first leg Europa League defeat from Valencia at Parkhead on February 14.

A calf complaint sidelined the 25-year-old playmaker for four games leading to concerns he could sit out the Glasgow derby against Rangers in the east end of Glasgow on March 31.

However, his return to Lennoxtown yesterday was welcome news for interim manager Neil Lennon as he prepared his players for the Premiership encounter against relegation-threatened Dundee at Dens Park on Sunday.

McGregor, who has made 44 appearances for club and country in this campaign, played in the 5-0 destruction of the Tayside outfit when the champions visited in October.

Scotland boss Alex McLeish included the smooth operator in his international squad for the Euro 2020 qualifying ties against Kazakhstan and San Marino.

However, it is doubtful if McGregor will be risked on the plastic surface of the Kazakhs on Thursday, but could be available for the second tie against San Marino three days later.

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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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