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19th Apr, 2018 | 3:29pm

Rodgers compares Celtic mainstay to legendary German World Cup winner

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has compared midfielder Callum McGregor to legendary German World Cup winning captain Philpp Lahm, and claim that the 24-year-old is the Hoops version of Lahm.

Rodgers thinks that McGregor’s consistency is finally being rewarded, as he has become a Scotland regular and has become a mainstay of the Hoops team this season, making 49 appearances.

“He’s getting the credit he deserves. You talk about Philipp Lahm, who was a great player at Bayern Munich – Callum is that version for me here at Celtic,” Rodgers said, as quoted on the club’s official Twitter account.

McGregor has been in very good form for the Bhoys in recent weeks, and scored his 10th goal of the season in the 4-0 Scottish Cup victory over Rangers, his third goal in two seasons against the Hoops’ bitter rivals.

Football Insider verdict

McGregor might be having a very good season for the Hoops, perhaps his best since making his first-team breakthrough, but let’s be honest here, he ain’t on Lahm, who lifted the World Cup as German captain in 2014, and won countless trophies – including Champions Leagues – with Bayern Munich. It’s just a case of Rodgers giving the player more confidence by comparing him to a legendary football figure, and there’s nothing wrong with that. The Hoops boss is being clever, and hoping that McGregor takes confidence from his words and goes on to have a storming end of the season for the Bhoys.

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