Jackie McNamara heaped praise on Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor following his goalscoring display against St Mirren. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Parkhead hero dismissed the idea that McGregor was inconsistent and claimed his role in the team hid the attacking aspect of his game.

McGregor’s goal in the 2-1 win over St Mirren on Boxing Day was only his sixth goal of the season.

While the midfielder has only managed six goals this season, he has racked up three assists so far.

McNamara insisted that the 26-year-old kept things simple in midfield for the Hoops and was a very consistent presence.

When asked if McGregor can be frustrating as he seems to blow hot and cold, McNamara told Football Insider: “I think it’s more he is playing slightly deeper.

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“He actually got up and managed to get the rebound from Edouard’s shot against St Mirren.

“But I think he’s very consistent when he plays, he keeps it simple, sometimes you won’t see that side of his game, but he is very consistent.”

McGregor has appeared a total of 35 times for Neil Lennon’s side this season, and at times has been deployed as a defensive midfielder rather than an attacking midfielder.

The Scotland international is a product of the Hoops’ youth academy and is contracted to stay with the club until 2024.

McGregor has appeared a total of 259 times for the Hoops, scoring 42 goals and registering 49 assists in the process.

In other Celtic news, Alan Hutton says one Bhoy will be “frustrated” after a “disappointing” transfer development.