By Noel Whelan

12th Jul, 2021 | 7:24am

Whelan thrilled by what he's heard from McGregor about Celtic teen in training

Noel Whelan has raved after Callum McGregor revealed the work ethic shown by Celtic youngster Owen Moffat behind the scenes.

The former Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted it was “fantastic to hear” the 19-year-old had been putting in extra sessions on the training ground.

Speaking to Celtic TV (July 8th) after the 3-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday, McGregor lauded Moffat for his “first-class” attitude both on the pitch and in training.

The midfielder revealed he had seen the teenager working on his finishing by himself in training at the end of last season.  

Moffat, an attacking midfielder, scored the Bhoys’ second goal against Wednesday.

The youngster is yet to make his senior debut for Celtic.

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However, Whelan insisted that his hard work would not go unnoticed.

“It’s a fresh start for everybody,” Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“There are new eyes on all players. The one thing that senior players always see, because we’ve been there ourselves when you’re coming through as a young player, you need to put the time and the yards in.

“It’s as simple as that. Sometimes it means you’re doing it by yourself. Taking 40 balls out there with you, hitting the back of the net.

“Repetition, getting sharper, showing you’re willing to put that extra yard in when other people have gone home.

“The best players in the world never got to where they got to by not doing that little bit extra. Pushing themselves that little bit further.

“It won’t go unseen. It certainly hasn’t gone from McGregor, who is going to be one of the biggest players there this season. He’s one of the main leaders in that team.

“To get recognition from a senior player is always fantastic to hear.

To get on the scoresheet as well, when our player looks at how it went last season for the club, he’s obviously seen an opportunity. Hopefully, he’s going to grasp that.

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