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4th Sep, 2017 | 1:06pm

Celtic 24-year-old: I held talks with manager after being axed from team

By James Back

Callum McGregor has admitted he sought advice from Brendan Rodgers after his latest international snub by Scotland boss Gordon Strachan.

McGregor, who was widely expected to be named in Strachan’s squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Lithuania and Malta, revealed to the Evening Times that Rodgers told him to keep doing what he’s been doing for Celtic and international honours will follow.

With three goals in nine appearances this season for Celtic, many were surprised when McGregor wasn’t named in Strachan’s squad and, following an injury to Barry Bannan which caused the Sheffied Wednesday midfielder to withdraw, it was an even bigger shock when McGregor wasn’t a late addition to the Scotland party.

The Scotland squad currently features six of McGregor’s Celtic team mates and the winger remains optimistic that he will earn a call-up with the Scots fighting for a playoff place for next year’s World Cup in Russia.

The 24-year-old said: “I did speak to the manager about it, just a quiet word really.

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“He told me just to keep doing what I have been doing, to keep chipping in with the goals and with the assists and eventually it will come for me.

“It wasn’t a big deal, I think it was just a case of him telling me to keep up what I am doing with Celtic and trust that it will come for me.

“I hope that proves to be the case, but for now I am happy just to concentrate on my football here.

“There is an exciting time for us and hopefully the manager is right that if I stay part of here that the other stuff follows but it is out of my hands.”

Instead of preparing for tonight’s Hampden clash between Scotland and Malta, McGregor has had a few days off to rest ahead of Friday’s trip to Hamilton in the Scottish Premiership and Celtic kicking off their Champions League campaign against PSG next Tuesday.

In other Celtic news, Rangers would storm to the SPL title if they had been successful in their deadline-day pursuit of a £45,000-a-week striker.

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