By Russell Edge
Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor has admitted he would love the chance to step up to the Scotland squad after an impressive season at Celtic Park.
The 23-year-old has been a key part of Brendan Rodgers’ side and scored the opening goal in the Hoops’ Scottish Cup semi-final win over local rivals Rangers.
However, the midfielder, who can play on either flank, has his sights set on winning a place in Gordon Strachan’s Scotland squad ahead of their clash with England in June.
Speaking in a press conference, available on the club’s official Twitter account, McGregor said: “I would definitely be delighted if that call came.
“Scotland v England is a massive game.”
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The Celtic man admitted he needs to put his head down and work hard if he’s to get a call-up, which would be his first senior cap after appearing for the U-19 and the U-21 sides.
“I just need to keep focusing on what I am doing at Celtic,” said McGregor to the press.
“Hopefully perform in some more big games and see what happens come the end of the season.
“If you get the call to play for your country that takes priority over everything.”
So far this season, McGregor has made 40 appearances for the Hoops, scoring three goals, including Sunday’s opener against Rangers.
He has faced a lot of competition for a starting berth, particularly from the likes of Tom Rogic, James Forrest and Patrick Roberts, as Brendan Rodgers has searched for his best starting XI.
However, he repaid his manager’s faith in him with a goal, and he will be hoping to replicate that when Celtic take on Rangers at the Ibrox on Saturday.
Having come through the youth ranks at Celtic Park, he has gone on to make 105 appearances in total for the Hoops.