'Always rated him' - Alan Hutton raves about Celtic ace who is victim of his own high standards
Alan Hutton heaped praise on Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor after the 2-0 win against Cluj in the Europa League.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Scotland international was asked whether he agreed with Chris Sutton’s claim that the Hoops playmaker was back to his best and preceded to gush about him.
Hutton admitted that he had always rated McGregor and revealed he thought the 26-year-old was Celtic’s main man alongside teammate James Forrest.
The right-back also revealed that he thought McGregor was a victim of his own high standards as his disappointing performances are more likely to be criticised as people have high expectations of him.
“I think he is a great player, I’ve always rated him,” Hutton told Football Insider.
“Normally him and Forrest are definitely the main men in my opinion, look he is still relatively young, he has played a lot of games and there is a lot of expectation on him.
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“He has set the bar very high for himself, that being said if you come off it in a game, you’re going to be picked out for criticism because you previously played so well.
“He makes Celtic tick in my opinion and he and Christie were very good against Cluj.
“I think so (when asked if he is the victim of his own high standards), you try to set the bar as high as possible and the difficult thing with that is that as soon as you drop from those heights, people might pick up on that.”
McGregor has played 19 times for the Hoops across all competitions this season and has contributed three goals as well as one assist to the cause.
In his 2018/19 campaign, the 26-year-old assisted 16 goals while scoring six across the 59 appearances he made across all competitions.