By Frank McAvennie

24th Sep, 2021 | 6:00pm

McAvennie: 'I've been asking' for McGregor omission and his injury is good news for Celtic

Frank McAvennie insists Callum McGregor will come back stronger when he returns to the Celtic starting XI.

The Parkhead icon, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the latest on the Hoops captain’s condition.

Celtic have been without their captain for their last three games against Real Betis, Livingston and Raith Rovers.

Until his injury, McGregor had started every game under Ange Postecoglou.

The new Hoops boss is quoted by Glasgow Times (September 22) as saying McGregor could return in time to face Bayer Leverkusen next Thursday.

McAvennie insists the break will do McGregor the world of good after not having a proper break for well over two years.

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“This break will do him good,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“He hasn’t had a rest for two years. Coming back after three games will do him the world of good.

“I’ve been asking for him to be left out because he has barely missed a game in two years, including games for his country.

“He never gets a break so I know he has an injury but this will do him the world of good.

“Luckily, the midfield isn’t a problem for the Postecoglou.”

Celtic face Dundee United at the weekend as they look to recover some of their previous good form in the league.

They then face Bayer Leverkusen in what could prove to be another tricky night in the Europa League.

In other news, Tottenham insider: Celtic ‘really like’ Carter-Vickers, this is when they will sign him.