By Dominic Toner

Brendan Rodgers has given everybody a lift following his arrival, according to midfielder Callum McGregor.

The 23 year-old central midfielder has been with the club since 2009 as a youngster and enjoyed a successful loan spell at Notts County during the 2013-14 season.

McGregor has subsequently been on the fringes of the team in the last two seasons, but is now focused on a starting spot in Rodgers’ side.

He told Herald Scotland: “When a new manager comes through the door it gives everybody a lift.

“We are all trying to do well to impress to show we should be in the team. People say it has gone up a level but it has probably gone up another level beyond that again with people trying to impress.”

“I think I suit the way the manager wants to play and I want to really cement my place in his team.”

After some impressive performances for Celtic both domestically and in Europe, McCregor earned a contract to keep him at the club until 2019.

As Rodgers prepares his team for the defence of their Scottish Premiership, he has added forwards Moussa Dembele and PJ Crossan to his squad already.

Rodgers agreed a 12-month rolling contract with Celtic in May and has previously managed at Liverpool, Swansea, Reading and Watford.

McGregor’s teammate Erik Sviatchenko has also claimed that Rodgers has identified two key areas for them to improve on.

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