Scotland and Celtic have been sensible with Callum McGregor says Postecoglou

By Euan Davidson

September 29, 2021

Ange Postecoglou has confirmed Celtic captain Callum McGregor has been in training after being called up for Scotland.

There was consternation about McGregor, who has missed games through injury, being called up for international duty. Having barely missed a game since breaking through under Ronny Deila, McGregor is a pivotal figure.

The concerns, amongst the supporters at least, is that he could aggravate an injury and spend longer on the sidelines. Certainly, Celtic have missed him, losing to Betis and Livingston, while drawing with Dundee United in his absence.

However, Postecoglou gave fans a reassuring update on McGregor’s injury status.

The Celtic boss said [Celtic FC/YouTube]:

“I think Steve Clarke said if Cal[lum] plays, then you’d be silly not to pick him before the window. So, you know, I think he’s taken the sensible approach, as have we.

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“Cal has now trained which is good, he’s trained with the group. So, we’ll hopefully get him some game-time. If not tomorrow, then on Sunday.”

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Obviously, there’s still a worry whenever any player heads away on international duty. Celtic can’t really afford to lose more players, with so many key figures at the club missing through injury.

However, McGregor isn’t going to rush himself back, he’s smarter than that. If he doesn’t feel ready to compete by the time the international break starts, then he won’t.

As for the Scotland situation? Clubs are obligated to send their players away when they’re called up for international duty, and Postecoglou sounds fine with the approach Steve Clarke is taking.

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A former international manager himself, Postecoglou understands the risks. He knows how these things work, and how important relationships with club managers are.

It’s great to hear McGregor’s back in training. Celtic supporters want him back, and soon, but only if he’s really ready. We’ve already had prominent examples of Celtic players rushing back before they’re ready and making injuries worse. Think Mikey Johnston last season, Greg Taylor this.

It would be silly not to pick him, though. Steve Clarke will be far better off with a fit Callum McGregor in his team.

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