Former Celtic boss Davie Hay was, just like every other Celtic fan, impressed with the Hoops’ performance in the 2-0 Europa League win over Cluj.

There was one performance more than any other that impressed him though. It was that of Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor.

“I thought he was magnificent on Thursday, covering every blade of grass, and he showed his quality at key moments” Hay said, writing in the Evening Times.

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“A real touch of class”

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“His pass for Boli Bolingoli to set up the first goal for Odsonne Edouard was brilliant, a real touch of class.”

McGregor has been one of Celtic’s best players over the past few seasons. However, recently he has looked slightly off the pace. That may have been down to the volume of football he has played in the past few seasons.

 

However, as Hay indicates, McGregor was back to his non-stop best against Cluj. He worked extremely hard for the team, and helped the side gain control of the midfield.

Pass was timed perfectly

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Also, as Hay points out, his pass to Bolingoli which led to Celtic’s opening goal was a thing of beauty. It was timed perfectly.

Even though McGregor was terrific against Cluj, it still might not be a bad idea to give him a break now and then. Sunday’s game against Livingston could be a match where he starts on the bench. Olivier Ntcham seems to be a natural replacement.

So good was McGregor against Cluj though, that Neil Lennon may decide to keep him in the side, and you can’t really argue with that.

 

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