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9th Nov, 2017 | 11:10am

Barry Ferguson blown away by improvement of Celtic player

By James Black

Rangers icon Barry Ferguson has admitted that he has been blown away by Celtic’s Callum McGregor and believes he can become Scotland’s talisman and cement a place in the national side for the next decade.

Ferguson reckons  Scotland have particularly good depth in midfielder but singled out McGregor for individual praise for his improvement in the last 12 months.

McGregor has been an integral part of Celtic’s success under Brendan Rodgers over the last 18 months.

The 24-year-old has been a mainstay in the Hoops starting XI as they have racked up a record-breaking 63-game unbeaten domestic run and Ferguson believes the Celtic star can go on and make a place his own in the Scotland starting XI.

“I’ve liked him for the past year – I think he’s come on leaps and bounds,” Ferguson said on STV’s Peter and Roughie Show, as quoted by the Evening Times website.

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“You see the game against Bayern Munich, I thought he was fantastic.

“And then on Saturday against St Johnstone he had another fine game.

“He, especially, for me, can cement a place in the middle of the park for the next ten years in Scotland.”

Ferguson lifted 15 trophies in his time at Ibrox as well as being captain for both club and country.

The 39-year-old picked up 45 caps for his country before having his international career ended for making offensive gestures to photographers after being caught drinking at the Scotland team hotel.

McGregor has scored seven times in 20 appearances for the Hoops so far this season but is still to win his first senior international cap.

The Celtic midfielder was ignored by Gordon Strachan throughout the failed World Cup qualifying campaign but could win his first cap in Thursday’s friendly with The Netherlands at Pittodrie.

In other Celtic news, Emilio Izaguirre has revealed the reason why he left Celtic 

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