McGregor gets Scotland call-up

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor has received his first senior international call-up from Scotland manager Gordon Strachan for next month’s Euro 2016 qualifier against world champions Germany.

Last Updated: 25/08/14 at 16:41 Post Comment

Callum McGregor: Receives first senior call-up

Callum McGregor: Receives first senior call-up

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The 21-year-old has been in sparkling form, scoring four times so far this season for the Hoops, and may play some part in Dortmund on 7 September.

McGregor steps up from Scotland’s Under-21 side managed by former Aberdeen and Celtic midfielder Billy Stark.

Stark said: "Andy Robertson has stepped up from the U21s and now Callum McGregor. Whilst it has not been the most successful of campaigns, the other part of it is players going through.

“Club form obviously has a big part to that and Callum has had a great start to the season with Celtic so it's no surprise.

"I know Gordon has always liked the intelligence and football ability that he's got, so it's great for him."

McGregor’s Celtic team-mate Craig Gordon has also been recalled to the international fold. The 31-year-old, who has featured three times for Celtic this season, made his last international appearance in a 3-0 win against the Faroe Islands in 2010.

Sheffield Wednesday striker Stevie May and Dundee United midfielder Stuart Armstrong have to make do with places in Stark’s U21 squad for their double header against Slovakia and Luxembourg.

Strachan revealed McGregor has been rewarded for hisd efforts over the last year, where he impressed on loan at Notts County before his promotion to the Celtic first-team in July.

"There was room in that area to bring people in and it's nice to bring a youngster in," Strachan said.

"I like to have people in who can eliminate people and go by them, and he has shown that.

"Not just this season, he has shown that last season at under-21 level and Notts County, which was great because he has done something about his career.

"He has got off his backside at Notts County. It's easy just to sit here. So I like that attitude - get me out to Notts County and I'll play and deal with reality football.

"He has come back and now he is playing with Celtic and scoring goals, and going by people."

Scotland squad in full:

C Gordon (Celtic), D Marshall (Cardiff), A McGregor (Hull), C Berra (Ipswich), C Forsyth (Derby) Gordon Greer (Brighton), Grant Hanley (Blackburn), Alan Hutton (Aston Villa), Russell Martin (Norwich), Andrew Robertson (Hull), Steven Whittaker (Norwich), Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic), Ikechi Anya (Watford), Barry Bannan (Crystal Palace), Craig Bryson (Derby), Chris Burke (Birmingham), Graham Dorrans (West Brom), Darren Fletcher (Manchester United), Shaun Maloney (Wigan), James McArthur (Wigan), Kevin McDonald (Wolves), Callum McGregor (Celtic), James Morrison (West Brom), Stephen Fletcher (Sunderland), Chris Martin (Derby), Steven Naismith (Everton).

You can watch Germany v Scotland on September 7 live on Sky Sports 5 HD

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

t's why Mourinho is so successful. He gives players a specific, limited set of functions to perform. They are but a cog in a machine. Do no more, do no less. I assume he learnt it from LvG :)

red_devil83
Fellaini Has Politely Become Undroppable

I

really hope that someone in the mainstream media spots that the Bayern manager played for and managed Barcelona quite well, and thinks to mention it in the build up. That would be really interesting.

megabrow (cufc)
Barcelona to face Bayern

Y

our gob says one thing, Brendan, the results say something else.

balls-to-monty
Rodgers bullish over Anfield future

Footer 365

Tottenham and Everton winger Aaron Lennon investigated by police

Greater Manchester Police are investigating claims that Aaron Lennon assaulted a woman in a Manchester nightclub.

League Two round-up: Tranmere and Cheltenham relegated to Conference

Shrewsbury secured promotion to League One by beating Cheltenham, whose relegation fate was sealed along with Tranmere.

Liverpool were 'outstanding', says boss Brendan Rodgers after West Brom draw

Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool were 'outstanding' after their 0-0 draw against West Brom.

Mail Box

Chelsea Millions Should Buy Better...

For the money they have spent, Chelsea should be playing like the Harlem Globetrotters rather than Atletico. We have mails on Cesc, Brendan Rodgers and...

Brendan Rodgers Is David Cameron...

Rodgers is compared to the Prime Minister, insomuch as he has a right to peddle bulls**t, apparently. Plus why comparing Arsene Wenger to Diego Simeone is a mug's game...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company