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How McCall has just created a big positive for Ronny Deila

Stuart McCall has dangled a carrot in the form of the Scottish national side in front of Celtic duo Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven.

Scotland coach Stuart McCall has just created a positive for Celtic manager Ronny Deila, which the Bhoys will benefit from over the rest of the season.

McCall has suggested that Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven could have futures in the Scottish national side after terrific starts to life at Parkhead.

“I'm sure they have,” replied McCall (as reported by the Brechin Advertiser) when he was pressed on whether he thought the pair had futures in the national side.

He’s dangled that carrot and the Celtic duo will more than likely be aware of the attention, which now surrounds them both from someone who represents the national setup.

For Ronny Deila, all he has to do for the next few months is use that to motivate the pair in order to get the most out of them in important games.

It’s an extra motivational point he can use to his and Celtic’s advantage when either Armstrong or Mackay-Steven let their performance levels dip slightly.

They have both made very good starts but to get into the Scotland side, they need to be consistent and show they can be effective for the biggest club in Scotland over a longer period of time.

That will set them up well for the pressure of when they come into the Scottish team and Celtic will benefit as a result.

Deila has to keep them motivated and keep them level headed. If they play consistently, the Scotland call should come.

When it does, it should only stand to make them better players because of the calibre of their Scottish teammates and the quality of the competition they play against.

The only way they’ll progress and get better with Celtic is if they are tested at club level and given the exposure and chance to improve at international level.

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