Steve Clarke credits "outstanding" Celtic hero who has helped change the game for Scotland

By Lewis Laird

May 27, 2022

Scotland manager Steve Clarke has praised Celtic captain Callum McGregor for his performances this season and his impact on the national team.

The 28-year old has had an impressive year for both club and country, playing a massive part in the success of Clarke and Ange Postecoglou’s sides.

From a club perspective, McGregor delivered a league and cup double in his first season as captain replacing Hoops legend Scott Brown.

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Along with the team trophies, McGregor was awarded the PFA player of the year award, voted by his fellow colleagues within the Scottish Premiership.

Speaking in an interview with PLZ Soccer, Scotland manager Steve Clarke praised the ‘outstanding’ McGregor for his club performances this season.

The former Kilmarnock boss also went on to detail how crucial the Hoops academy graduate is for his Scotland side in the midfield alongside Billy Gilmour and John McGinn.

Clarke said: “That’s probably why Callum (McGregor) got player of the year this year because he was outstanding.

“He’s always been good; I’ve always enjoyed working with Callum. John McGinn obviously catches a lot of the headlines because he scores goals, and he’s done great for us.

“I think whether we got there by luck or good judgement, I’ll leave for other people to decide, but suddenly you end up with a midfield of Callum McGregor and Billy Gilmour.

“And suddenly, for a Scottish national team, we had a team that could control the ball, play and get people breaking in. That improved us as a team. I think it has improved us as a team.”

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McGregor looking to lead Scotland to another international tournament

Euro 2020 was one of the first moments that Ange Postecoglou was able to watch McGregor in action.

The midfielder was one of the best performers for the Tartan Army at our first international tournament in over 20 years and was the only player to get on the scoresheet for Scotland during the group stages.

Now, he will be looking to lead Steve Clarke’s side to another major tournament this week, when they take on Ukraine and potentially Wales.

McGregor will be coming off the back of a major high as one of Postecoglou’s best performers this season and his first league title as Celtic captain.

His confidence will be helped massively by the fact he is working under two managers who have complete faith in his ability and quality as a player. And yet, some fans in Scotland will try and tell you he isn’t even that good.

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