BBC pundit drools over two Celtic players that 'transformed the game' on international stage

BBC Sportsound pundit Tam McManus has heaped praise on Celtic midfielders Callum McGregor and Stuart Armstrong after Scotland’s 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica.

The result was poor, with Costa Rica winning at Ibrox after a Marco Urena goal in the 14th minute was enough to condemn Scotland to defeat.

But McManus was heartened by the contributions from the two Celtic midfielders, who both came on in the 58th minute, replacing Scott McTominay and Tom Cairney.

Writing in his column for the Herald, McManus said, “The two Celtic lads in Callum McGregor and Stuart Armstrong transformed the game for us with their energy and driving runs.

“Looking forward, those two have got to be in our starting midfield when the real action gets underway alongside either John McGinn or McTominay.”

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A 1-0 defeat at home to Costa Rica wasn’t the way Alex McLeish would gave wanted to start his second spell as manager of Scotland. But there were positives to take from the match, and McManus is right that McGregor and Armstrong changed the game. Saying that, the first half was so poor that they couldn’t have made things any worse. The two know each other well and brought a new energy to a Scotland side that looked completely out of sorts in the first 45 minutes. McManus says they should start from now on and we’d agree with that assessment. 

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