'Everything was about technique' – McGregor hails Celtic legend ahead of international debut
By John Reid
Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor has paid tribute to former Celtic manager Tommy Burns as he gets set to make his Scotland debut against the Netherlands on Thursday night.
Burns was in charge of Celtic’s youth academy when McGregor first arrived at the club as he still feels the late club legend’s impact on his career.
Speaking to the Daily Record, McGregor said
“When Tommy Burns was here, God bless him, he was at our training sessions all the time. He was first-team coach, but he was there.
“He’d come jogging down and I remember thinking, ‘Does this guy ever rest?’
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“He’d be there for hours and everything was about technique. It was never a question of height or strength, it was more important that we got that technical work.”
McGregor, who starred for Celtic against Bayern Munich in the Champions League recently, was an unused substitute for Scotland in last month’s double header against Slovakia and Slovenia which saw their World Cup hopes end and manager Gordon Strachan sacked.
Caretaker manager Malky Mackay is set to give McGregor his national team debut at Pittodrie this week as a new era for Scottish football begins.
McGregor started Celtic’s 3-0 win over St Johnstone at the weekend which saw them set a new British record of 63 domestic games unbeaten, breaking their own previous record set 100 hundred years ago.
In other Celtic news, Scott Sinclair has said that clubs all over Europe will be interested in Kieran Tierney