By James Black
Callum McGregor was a late call-up to the Scotland squad for the games with Slovakia and Slovenia – but Celtic fans were mystified when the 24-year-old wasn’t named in the starting XI for last night’s win over Slovakia.
McGregor has been in fantastic form for Celtic so far this season and most were baffled when he was left out of Gordon Strachan’s original squad for the final set of qualifying fixtures.
Strachan eventually brought McGregor into his squad after injuries ruled out Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong but when the Scots’ team was announced before kick-off – minus McGregor – fans quickly look to Twitter to vent their outrage.
Here are some of their comments on Twitter:
Hearing rumours Gordon Strachan’s sounding out Derek Riordan and Barry Robson as late additions for Sunday to play ahead of Callum McGregor.
— Marc McArdle (@marcmcardle1) October 6, 2017
Who does Callum McGregor need to kill to get a game under Strachan. FFS
— Longshaw (@youhavingalaugh) October 6, 2017
Callum McGregor should of came in for McCarthur.
— Mark McFarlane (@mark30795301) October 5, 2017
Feel sorry for Callum McGregor, on form domestically but still doesn’t get a look in. Poor lad 🍀💚
— Vicki 🍀 (@vickir89) October 5, 2017
Criminal that if Scotland get there Callum McGregor probably wont be going. Strachan should be ashamed. A football career is short.
— BallixBalingallix (@iosephusmaximus) October 5, 2017
Callum McGregor should be picked over him everyday of the week
— Jack Watson (@jackwatson1948) October 5, 2017
McGregor has scored six times in fifteen appearances for Celtic so far this season – including a double in his last outing – but couldn’t even get off the bench as Scotland huffed and puffed their way to a late winner through Martin Skrtel’s 88th minute own goal.
The win keeps Scotland on track to make the play-offs as they aim to qualify for their first tournament since the 1998 World Cup in France.
The Tartan Army need a win against Slovenia in Ljubjana on Sunday to secure themselves a place in next month’s playoffs.
With only three days between the fixtures, Strachan may give McGregor his chance in the Slovenian capital but it looks unlikely.