Seven Celtic stars are on the brink of elite Nations League level

By John McGinley

November 14, 2020

We already know that Scotland are on their way to next year’s European Championships.

However, the nation can take another important step forward this week with a win against Slovakia or Israel.

Victory in either of those matches will see Celtic’s Scottish contingent test themselves against elite international teams on a consistent basis, with promotion to League A of the Nations League.

That’s where the likes of Spain, Germany, France, England, Italy and Belgium all square off, for the opportunity to progress into the Nations League Finals.

That means Celtic’s Scottish stars – Callum McGregor, Leigh Griffiths, Ryan Christie, Greg Taylor and James Forrest – could all be playing massive matches over the next couple of years.

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Norway also have a chance of promotion into the top-tier, though their matches against Romania and Austria are currently in doubt due to the ongoing pandemic.

Still, there’s an eventuality here that as many as seven players could be playing for their country at the highest level, including Mohamed Elyounoussi and Kristoffer Ajer.

When you add others like David Turnbull and Mikey Johnston to the mix, who could make progress themselves with Scotland, it is exciting stuff.

Going up against world-class opponents can only be good for their development and ultimately be a benefit to Celtic.

It’s one of many reasons to be cheering on Steve Clarke’s team over the next few days.

In other news, Celtic players have been completing optional training sessions at Lennoxtown.