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MARATHON MAN McGREGOR’S DOUBLE TARGET

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MARATHON MAN Callum McGregor insists he’ll only need 10 days maximum to recharge his batteries.

Remarkably, the Celtic and Scotland midfielder has averaged 58 games a season for club and country over the last five years.

Now the 27-year-old anchorman will play in the Euros before going straight into pre-season and Champions League qualifiers.

McGregor is also aiming to take the opportunity to impress new Hoops boss Ange Postecoglou who was confirmed as Neil Lennon’s successor on Thursday.

The player tipped as the club’s new skipper following the departure of Scott Brown to Aberdeen admitted: “I feel great. When you come away ahead of a big tournament, it only energises you. You feel fresher. The good thing about playing so many games is that you feel in a good rhythm.

“In terms of getting a rest, nothing is nailed on, but come the end of the tournament, I’ll get a week to 10 days and then I’ll be back in at Celtic. That’s what I’m used to.

“The summers have been shorter in the last few years, but that’s what I feel I need.”

McGregor, speaking to the Daily Record, added: “I’ve managed to play consecutively for five years and, touch wood, had no injuries or knock-on effects. So I feel good and I’ll be raring to go.

“I haven’t spoken to the new manager at Celtic yet, but I’m sure he’ll be watching me in this tournament.

“It will be a fresh start when we go back and I have this chance to impress him from afar.

“For now, I’m just focusing on Scotland and I’ll deal with club stuff when I get back.”

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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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