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24th Apr, 2017 | 3:37pm

'An absolutely priceless player': Rodgers raves about technically brilliant Celtic ace after Rangers win

By Matt Farr

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has delivered a glowing verdict of midfielder Callum McGregor following the 2-0 win over Rangers on Sunday.

McGregor opened the scoring for Celtic with a superb placed finish from the edge of the area, sending the league champions into the Scottish Cup Final at the expense of their Old Firm rivals.

The 23-year-old has had an important role to play in the first team squad under Rodgers this season, and the Celtic chief has aired his delight at the midfielder’s ‘brilliant’ impact.

He told the Daily Record: “Callum is a real gifted footballer and I’m pleased this season people are starting to recognise his qualities.

“Other players get the headlines. But this is a young man who is brilliant technically, never gives the ball away, has a goal in him and tactically he is very good.

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“He has played about six different positions for me this season so he is an absolutely priceless player to the squad. I thought his goal was brilliant.”

The latest praise from the Celtic manager follows comments made by Rodgers at the start of the month, insisting McGregor deserved senior international recognition, like many of his team-mates at Parkhead.

McGregor appeared regularly at youth level for the Scotland national team, but has yet to be handed a call-up to the senior setup.

He had earned his place in the Celtic first team following the absence of Tom Rogic to injury earlier in the season, and he has refused to disappear into the background with Rogic now fully fit.

He has started just 16 of his 26 appearances in the Scottish Premiership this season, but that has not deterred him from making a significant impact.

The young midfielder has scored four goals and supplied eight assists from 40 appearances in all competitions.

In other Celtic news, Patrick Roberts has hit out at Andy Halliday following the Old Firm derby win over Rangers.

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