'I have answered that' - Celtic 24-year-old makes claim about critics
By James Black
Celtic star Callum McGregor believes it is a “special” time to be at Parkhead after the Hoops broke a 100-year-old record against St. Johnstone on Saturday.
The 4-0 win for the Hoops secured their 63rd consecutive domestic game without losing – shattering the British record set by Willie Maley’s Celtic side in 1917.
McGregor started in the win over St. Johnstone – coming off after an hour – and scored Celtic’s only goal as he played 90 minutes in the 2-1 defeat by Bayern Munich on Halloween.
The 24-year-old has been a huge part of the success under Brendan Rodgers and has claimed that he has shown his critics that he can perform at the highest level.
“It just feels like a really special time just now,” McGregor said, as quoted by the Evening Times website.
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He added: “I think there have always been people who have looked at Champions League games or other big matches and wondered whether I was at that level and whether or not I could cope on that kind of stage.
“I feel I have answered that now.
“For me, so much of that comes down to the manager. He gave me belief that I could go to another level, that he trusted me in games and I am just delighted to be involved in.”
The 24-year-old has scored seven times in twenty appearances so far this season for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
The midfielder is also a part of the Scotland squad to face The Netherlands at Pittodrie on Thursday and is likely to start for interim national team boss Malky Mackay’s side.
McGregor has yet to win a cap for Scotland after being ignored by Gordon Strachan during the failed qualifying campaign for next summer’s World Cup in Russia.
In other Celtic news, Rodgers confirmed an injury blow to this senior player after the win at St Johnstone.