Of all the Celtic players that featured for Scotland this week, Callum McGregor played more football than any of the other players selected.

He played the entirety of the 2-1 loss to Russia, then played 68 minutes of the 4-0 defeat to Belgium. Those fixtures can’t have been easy for the player to deal with.

In both matches, Scotland were overrun and well beaten. The games could have taken a fair bit out of McGregor, who played an awful lot of football last season as well.


Do the player good to have the game off

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Therefore, Neil Lennon should rest the player for Saturday’s league game against Hamilton. It would do the player good to have a few days off, before he returns to action for the Hoops in the Europa League against Rennes.

The Hoops do have players that can replace McGregor in the middle of the park. The natural pick would be Olivier Ntcham.


Ntcham was excellent for the Hoops in the recent Glasgow derby win over Rangers. He could certainly do a job for Celtic alongside Scott Brown in the middle of the park.

Celtic should have enough players in midfield to defeat Hamilton without McGregor, so Ntcham is more than capable of doing a job.

Squad is big enough to cope with changes made

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The good thing about Celtic having a big squad is that Neil Lennon can make changes when need be this season. There is no need to for any player to play every game, even if they want to.

That should apply to McGregor. There is no doubt that he would like to play for the Hoops against Hamilton. He probably wants to get the Scotland defeats out of his system.

However, the big picture for Celtic is more important. McGregor will be needed for the Europa League opener against Rennes. Therefore, he should be rested for the game against Hamilton. It is the sensible thing for Celtic to do.

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