'He can pull the strings' - Craig Gordon raves about Celtic 24-year-old
By James Black
Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon has admitted he wasn’t surprised by how good Callum McGregor was for Scotland against The Netherlands on Thursday after making his debut at Pittodrie.
The 24-year-old has long been expected to be a Scottish international but had yet to make his debut despite being called into his first squad three years ago.
McGregor was one of a number of players making their first appearance for the national side as they lost 1-0 to the Dutch in a game that was won by a Memphis Depay goal.
The Celtic star put in an impressive performance against Dick Advocaat’s Holland and repaid the faith shown in him by interim boss Malky Mackay to finally give him his first cap.
Gordon was pleased with how Scotland performed in their first game since Gordan Strachan was removed as manager and singled out his Celtic Park colleague for particular praise.
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“There were good performances all round although I know from Celtic how good Callum can be,” Gordon said, as quoted by the Scotsman.
“He can pull the strings with both his passing and his finishing. He was always going to be a good player to come into this squad.”
McGregor has been a mainstay for Celtic under Brendan Rodgers as the Hoops have romped to a 63-game unbeaten domestic run under the Northern Irishman.
The 24-year-old has scored seven times this season in 20 appearances for the Scottish champions as they have opened up a three-point lead over Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership.