Celtic legend Davie Hay, writing in his column in the Evening Times, was particularly impressed with one aspect of Callum McGregor’s performance for the Hoops in their midweek 4-0 win over Motherwell.

Interestingly enough, it wasn’t the brilliant volley he scored to put the Hoops three-nil ahead. It was his run and pass to set up Leigh Griffiths for his goal which caught the eye of the former Celtic boss.

Hay believes that the player has been working on the pace of his game, which he might well have been working on during training.

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“Quicker than you might sometimes think”

“He showed with his assist for Griffiths’ goal that he is quicker than you might sometimes think, which comes from the hard work he has put in in training and the high confidence he must be playing with at the moment” Hay said, as quoted by the Evening Times.

It was certainly great play by McGregor for Griffiths’ goal, as his driving run held off his opponent and his pass set up Griffiths who couldn’t miss.

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

McGregor certainly seems to be thriving in the 3-5-2 formation that Neil Lennon has been using since the winter break.

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Playing in a more advanced role recently

He has three goals and five assists since the Hoops returned to action, and he seems to playing in a much more attacking role than he did before Lennon’s decision to play five midfielders instead of three.

Perhaps working hard in training has led to McGregor’s current purple patch, as his current run of form is his best of the season.

McGregor plays a lot of football – he has played 42 games already this season. Therefore, it could be a good idea for him to be rested when the Hoops take on Clyde in the Scottish Cup on Sunday.

Callum McGregor opens the scoring for Celtic

Callum McGregor opens the scoring for Celtic (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

However, so well is McGregor playing that Neil Lennon may want to keep him in the team. Only time will tell on that.

What can’t be denied is how well McGregor is playing though, he seems to have added new attributes to his game, and Davie Hay has spotted that.

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