By Alan Hutton

29th Sep, 2021 | 11:00am

Scottish pundit makes 'incredible' McGregor claim after 'huge' Celtic injury blow

Alan Hutton has admitted Callum McGregor has been a “huge” miss for Celtic ahead of Thursday’s clash against Bayer Leverkusen.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland defender insisted the 28-year-old’s record for the Bhoys has been “incredible”.

As quoted by the Daily Record last week (24th September), McGregor revealed he hoped to return to full training this week ahead of Thursday’s Europa League tie.

He has missed the Hoops’ last four games across all competitions with a hamstring injury.

That is one game more than he missed during the entirety of last season when he played 49 times.

Hutton insisted onlookers cannot underestimate McGregor’s influence on the Celtic side.

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“He’s a massive miss,” Hutton told Football Insider deputy editor Russell Edge.

“I mean, you just have to look at his numbers in terms of games. He very rarely missed games in the last six, seven years, which is incredible.

“He is the kind of glue that holds all together. He’s their captain, he keeps the ball moving, he’s aggressive.

“His play moving forward, he kind of opens things up for other players. Of course, he’s a miss.

“His experience as well, he’s still relatively young and he brings a lot of experience to that team. He knows how to get it over the line.

“He’s a huge miss for them.”

Ange Postecoglou lined up with a midfield consisting of James McCarthy, David Turnbull and Tom Rogic for the 1-1 draw with Dundee United on Sunday.

However, McCarthy was forced off at half-time through injury, with Ismaila Soro taking his place.

In other news, pundit slams “double standards” in Celtic and Rangers controversy as SPFL appeal reported.