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7th Nov, 2017 | 11:25am

Callum McGregor makes claim about Celtic development

By James Black

Celtic star Callum McGregor believes he is ready to make his Scotland debut in Thursday’s friendly with Holland – and has claimed Celtic’s Champions League campaign has been the perfect preparation to aid his development.

McGregor has been a surprising omission from the Scotland starting XI in recent months but is expected to play against the Dutch at Pittodrie – three years after his first call-up to the squad.

The 24-year-old has been a mainstay in Brendan Rodgers’ Hoops side as they have romped to a 63-game domestic unbeaten streak and will likely be part of a much-changed Scotland side under interim boss Malky Mackay.

McGregor admits he has grown as a player since his first call-up to the senior squad to face Germany in September 2014.

“I feel ready to play, obviously the last few times it’s been great to be here but this time round I feel like I can play a part,” McGregor said, as quoted by Sky Sports’ website.

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“(Playing) the big Champions League games and doing well in them, obviously that gives you the confidence to kick on and hopefully play at this level.

“I’ve developed massively (since first call-up) in terms of experience and playing in these big games. You’re just learning all the time and this time it feels a lot different (to the first call-up).”

McGregor has scored seven times in twenty appearances for Brendan Rodgers’ side this season.

McGregor has had a strong start to the season so far as the Hoops look to replicate last season’s success with the club currently three points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership, in the Scottish League Cup Final against Motherwell and on the verge of clinching Europa League football after Christmas.

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