By Frank McAvennie

3rd Jul, 2020 | 8:00am

Exclusive: McAvennie has been won over by cowardly Celtic star he saw 'pulling out of tackles'

Frank McAvennie has revealed he used to be “wary” of Celtic star man Callum McGregor – because he pulled out of tackles.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the Hoops legend explained how he has been won over by the player he calls the “conductor” of the 10-in-a-row hopefuls.

McGregor, 27, has graduated from the Celtic youth ranks to become one of the outstanding players in Scotland and a heartbeat of his side’s domestic dominance.

The versatile star was initially used mainly in attacking midfield roles but has developed into a central midfield kingpin alongside Scott Brown.

“When McGregor came in I was a bit wary of him but it was not because of his ability,” McAvennie told Football Insider. “I saw him pulling out of tackles but that is just the way of the game now.

“He is the conductor of that team though. He pulls the strings and makes these little flicks. As a striker, I’d love to play with him.

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“If you make little turns, McGregor can find you and he is wonderful. He was great with
Dembele. Dembele used to come short and spin a lot and Edouard is starting to do that as well.

“I think Edouard is better than Dembele. They’re unearthing some players. When you have someone like McGregor in the midfield, as a striker, it is good.”

McGregor has played 274 times for his boyhood club, scoring 49 goals and supplying 56 assists.

He has won six league titles as well as three Scottish Cups and five Scottish League Cups.

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