By Matt Bullin
Billy Stark has claimed that Callum McGregor should be in Gordon Strachan’s next Scotland squad.
Stark, now assistant to Darren Young at Albion Rovers, brought McGregor through the Under-19s and the Under-21s at Celtic during his time at the club and believes he has what it takes to represent the national side.
McGregor, 23, is enjoying his best season with the Hoops to date and has featured 41 times in all competitions.
The Scot has scored five goals and has laid on nine assists for his team-mates as well.
He was in fine form on Saturday as he scored and provided an assist in the 5-1 thrashing of Rangers at Ibrox.
It was his second goal against the Gers this campaign, as he netted in the 2-0 Scottish Cup win a week earlier too.
McGregor is yet to earn a senior cap for Scotland, but he has featured four times for the Under-21s and Stark believes he is ready to make the step up.
Speaking in the Scottish Sun, Stark said: “Callum [McGregor] is playing well for Celtic, they are sweeping everyone before them and he’s Scottish.
“Some people might not like it if he was in the squad. They might say if he was playing for Motherwell or Dundee he wouldn’t get a look-in.
“[But]when you’re in the Champions League and handling it, it’s not quite as a big a jump to play for Scotland. I’m sure Gordon [Strachan] is keeping an eye on him. He’s already seen enough to put him in one squad.”
McGregor enjoyed a season on loan at Notts County in 2013/2014 scoring 12 goals in 37 league appearances before he broke into the Hoops senior squad.
The 23-year-old already has already won Scottish Premiership and Scottish League Cup honours with Celtic this term, but he will surely be eyeing up a treble, with the Scottish Cup final on the horizon.
In other Celtic news, this Premier League outfit is weighing up a move for this Celtic midfielder.