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7th Nov, 2017 | 3:04pm

Callum McGregor: I want to emulate Celtic team-mate in Scotland colours

By John Reid

Scotland new boy Callum McGregor has revealed that he wants to follow in the foot-steps of Celtic team-mate Stuart Armstrong and become a first pick for Scotland.

McGregor is finally set to make his Scotland debut this Thursday in a friendly against the Netherlands at Pittodrie, in what will be interim manager Malky Mackay’s first game in charge since the dismissal of Gordon Strachan.

Speaking to STV Sport, the Celtic midfielder said “It wasn’t so long ago that he [Armstrong] wasn’t with Scotland.

“Since he came in he has been a massive part of it and everyone is talking about how good he has been.

“So certainly, for me, I can look at it and take confidence from that.”

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Armstrong had to wait until March to make his full international debut against Slovenia in a man of the match performance, as then manager Gordon Strachan failed to call him up to the national side despite him having a superb season with Celtic.

McGregor’s situation is similar – despite having a superb season for Celtic, Strachan didn’t pick him for the Scotland squad until the recent double header against Slovenia and Slovakia.

Unfortunately for McGregor he didn’t get on the pitch once in either of the two games.

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