Celtic captain Callum McGregor continues to wow Scotland supporters with "insane" levels

By David Walton

October 10, 2021

Celtic captain Callum McGregor is unsurprisingly wowing the Scotland supporters with his consistency in the middle of the park.

McGregor has been a stalwart for the Hoops after taking up the captaincy in the summer. However, he’s also had no problem transferring that very same form onto the international stage with his country.

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Alongside Billy Gilmour and John McGinn, McGregor is thriving in a technically gifted midfield trio. Last night’s 3-2 win over Israel at Hampden was yet another big contest in which the Celtic man stepped up and proved to be a leader for his nation.

According to stat-trackers WhoScored, McGregor had the highest passing accuracy percentage of anyone in the Scotland ranks at 89.6%. But it wasn’t just McGregor’s spreading of the ball that made him such a key cog in the middle of the park.

You couldn’t help but notice how clever his off-ball movement was at the same time. Always willing to break the lines and go beyond the defence, he consistently found space even when Israel were backs to the wall and defending deep. His own off-ball movement had a domino-effet on the spaces available to some of his Scotland teammates.

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Even when Scotland were behind against the Israelis yesterday, Callum was the midfielder who was constantly looking to break the lines and get his nation up the pitch. He was the tidiest of anyone in the midfield area.

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McGinn will get the plaudits for the goal he scored. Gilmour’s praises will get sung from the rooftops of Hampden for another accomplished display. But it’s as if McGregor’s performances don’t get the same treatment simply because we’ve come to expect it from him.

There will still be those, likely rival fans, who question what McGregor brings to the midfield. Because he isn’t constantly in amongst the goals, it’s something that will always be asked of him. But you have to watch Callum closely to appreciate just what a threat he is to the opposition.

There’s a reason Steve Clarke continuously picks him in his Scotland XI ahead of Premier League options such as Stuart Armstrong. Once again, he was invaluable as Scotland took a big step towards the World Cup in 2022.

And below, we take a look at the reaction of the Scotland support after a big night for the Parkhead captain:

In other news, Celtic duo Nir Bitton and Liel Abada’s Israel appear to be in crisis after Scotland defeat