Celtic hero gets 'mini Modric' label after international exploits

By John McGinley

September 23, 2022

Celtic captain Callum McGregor has been winning plaudits for his international display with Scotland against Ukraine midweek, dubbed as a ‘mini Modric’ by PLZ Soccer pundit Alan Rough.

McGregor was one of the stand-out performers in Scotland’s superb 3-0 win at home to Ukraine on Wednesday night, helping to show what can be achieved when Steve Clarke’s team get into an attacking groove.

The Celtic star is almost certain to be named in the team for upcoming matches against Ireland and Ukraine, as Scotland seek out a UEFA Nations League promotion and Euro 2024 playoff guarantee.

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Speaking on McGregor’s display, Rough told PLZ Soccer today: “I’m going to single out Callum McGregor. I think year on year he is turning into a right good international player. I know he’s not a Luka Modric, I think he’s a mini Modric.

“He’s beginning to control the game, he’s beginning to bring people into the game. I just think on an international stage he’s beginning to stamp his authority on the game and make good passes bringing people in, getting forward, just controlling the game. I remember Barry Ferguson used to do it when he played for Scotland.

“We all know what Callum can do at club level but I think at international level he’s really come on leaps and bounds.”

While some will find a comparison to Modric, even with a ‘mini’ designation, over the top there’s no doubt that McGregor is capable of performing at an elite level.

His performance against Real Madrid, with Modric on the pitch, was evidence enough of that. The Celtic man didnd’t look out of place even if the Croatian did eventually show his true class in the second half.

Most supporters will recognise the style of McGregor’s game that Rough describes as something that’s long been apparent, so perhaps it shouldn’t quite be a revelation to a pundit.

Nonetheless, it was pleasing to see him produce such an accomplished performance in a Scotland shirt on Wednesday and he’ll be hoping for similar at home to the Republic of Ireland tomorrow night.

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