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13th Jan, 2017 | 11:04pm

Callum McGregor: This is why I feared for my Celtic career

By Emma Sanders

Callum McGregor has admitted he feared for his Celtic career following a drink-driving charge in 2016.

The Celtic star was caught almost four times over the limit last February and was banned from driving for 12 months after his mistake filled the headlines.

At the age of 22, McGregor feared his Celtic career would go down the drain but a year later he reflects on a positive season where he has played his part in a successful campaign with the Hoops.

McGregor claims the incident only encouraged him to work harder on the football pitch and he vowed to bounce back and prove to everyone that he has learned from his mistakes.

“I think obviously there was that sort of feeling about it [his career under threat],” he said in the Evening Times.

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” You don’t know how anybody’s going to take it in that way but it’s finished now so that’s it and we just move on from that,” he added.

“Obviously I did wrong and it was about trying to stabilise myself and really focus on my football. I think I did that and I think it proved to be beneficial off the pitch and on the pitch. It was a bad mistake. You have to learn from it.”

The attacking midfielder has become an important part of Celtic’s squad despite not starting every game in the Scottish Premiership.

Brendan Rodgers often turns to McGregor when rotating his midfield and the 23-year-old has already notched up 25 appearances in all competitions throughout 2016-17.

His last appearance came in the close 2-1 victory over rivals Rangers on New Year’s Eve but he will be expected to feature again throughout 2017 following the break.

Celtic currently sit at the top of the league table and have a commanding 19-point lead going into their next league fixture against St Johnstone after a cup tie against Albion Rovers.

In other Celtic news, the two Old Firm clubs have locked horns in an off-field dispute.

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