'Hopefully he can kick on' - Celtic ace wants Scepovic to continue scoring

Celtic's Callum McGregor is delighted that Stefan Scepovic has been able to hit the back of the net for the first time.

Callum McGregor says that he is delighted that Stefan Scepovic has got off the mark for Celtic. 

The striker scored during Celtic's 2-1 win over FC Astra in the Europa League, heading home from close range in the second-half. 

It was his first goal for the club following a £2 million move from Sporting Gijon during the previous transfer window and McGregor hopes that it can be the start of a purple patch for the forward.

“We were delighted to see him score,” he said to Celtic's official site. “He missed a few chances before it and it was good for him as a striker to score and hopefully he can kick on now and get a few more.”

The Bhoys are now in a commanding position in their European group, and they are still unbeaten in Europa League competition this season.

It is a welcome run of form in the tournament, as the pressure had been growing on the side after their poor start to the campaign.

Celtic are already playing catch-up domestically, after slipping up on numerous occasions early on in Ronny Deila's stewardship, and questions have been asked of the squad's quality.

Scepovic has had to face the brunt of this criticism, too, with his performances falling well short of the quality required to represent the Scottish champions.

He has not posed much of a goal threat during his Celtic career so far, but there is a hope that he will be able to build on this strike after alleviating some of the pressure on him.

The Bhoys' next fixture comes against Kilmarnock on Sunday, where they know they need to keep their winning form going. 

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