Celtic captain Callum McGregor delights Scotland fans with vintage display
Celtic captain Callum McGregor has again turned on the style for Scotland.
The recently-appointed Bhoys skipper, so impressive at Euro 2020, was at it once again as Scotland picked up a crucial win against Austria. A 30th minute penalty, converted by Lyndon Dykes, was enough to seal the three points [BBC].
The midfield battle was especially alluring, though. Typically, on the big stage, McGregor was excellent throughout against a talented Austria side. Despite describing the game as a “must-not-lose”, Scotland played with positivity and looked better than their higher-ranked opponents.
McGregor was consistently threatening. 17 of his 30 passes were in the opposition half, while defensively, he won 6 duels and recovered the ball 8 times [FotMob]. In short, it was the kind of all-action performance that McGregor’s known for.
And the permeations for Scotland? Very positive indeed. After two consecutive wins, the Tartan Army can dream of the 2022 World Cup. On 11 points, the October international break will be absolutely key [BBC].
A win against Israel would be crucial, followed by winnable games against Moldova and the Faroe Islands. Last up, it’s the imperious Denmark, who haven’t even conceded yet, but by then Scotland could have shored up qualification.
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However, Celtic captain McGregor will know that it’s never quite that easy with Scotland. There is realistic expectation, though.
Scotland supporters delighted with Celtic captain Callum McGregor
Footballing purists, Celtic fans and casual observers alike were buoyed by the Bhoys captain’s excellent display.
There was also a shout out from his former High School:
Fans reacted to McGregor’s star performance:
Praise indeed. And quite right, too.