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5th Dec, 2016 | 10:46am

Callum McGregor: This Celtic player has been brilliant this season (not Dembele)

By Emma Sanders

Callum McGregor has hailed the influence of Tom Rogic following Celtic’s dramatic 4-3 victory against Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday.

The 23-year-old scored in the 90th minute to secure victory for his side and give Celtic three points, extending their lead at the top of the table by eight points, with three games in hand from Rangers.

“Big Tom [Rogic] seems to be making a habit out of pulling out the big goals for us! He has been brilliant this season and I was delighted when they last goal went in – the whole team was,” said McGregor, as quoted by The Evening Times.

The Hoops were trailing 2-0 at half-time after an awful opening 45 minutes but goals from McGregor, Patrick Roberts, Stuart Armstrong and Rogic in the second-half mounted an impressive comeback.

It was the first time Celtic have trailed at half-time since Brendan Rodgers’ arrival at the club in the summer but Rogic was one of a number of players who stepped up in the second half.

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The midfielder has now started Celtic’s last three games after having to wait until October for his first appearance under Rodgers in the 2016-17 season.

His goal in stoppage time was his 10th in all competitions this season and it came just one week after scoring a sublime goal in the Betfred Cup final victory against Aberdeen.

Celtic’s next clash is a Champions League tie against Manchester City at the Etihad but the Hoops are already out of the competition following a 2-0 loss against Barcelona last month.

In other Celtic news, Armstrong has praise for Rogic too.