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14th Nov, 2017 | 11:31am

'He should be a first-choice pick' - Smith takes swipe at Strachan over Celtic midfielder

By John Reid

Former SFA chief executive Gordon Smith has praised Callum McGregor for his performance for Scotland in his debut against the Netherlands last week.

McGregor was finally given game time by interim boss Malky Mackay having not played a single minute for the national team whilst Gordon Strachan was the national team manager.

Writing in the Sunday Post, former Rangers forward Smith was supportive of McGregor in what must have been a big game for the player.

He said “He was good…and is a player I like a lot.

“With his technique, he should be a first-choice pick for Scotland.”

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Scotland have no games scheduled until next year so it will be a while yet before McGregor picks up his second cap for the national team.

McGregor will have more chances to impress for Celtic in the upcoming weeks as the Hoops begin a schedule of 13 games between now and the end of the year.

The games include a Champions League double header as Celtic face a trip to Paris to face the all-conquering PSG, and a home tie against Anderlecht which could decide who finishes third in the group in clinches European football after Christmas.

The Bhoys will also be looking to extend their 63 game British record of domestic matches undefeated, beginning this weekend with a game against Ross County.

In other Celtic news, Celtic fans have praised Mikael Lustig for his performance for Sweden against Italy

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