Celtic and Scotland international duo Leigh Griffiths and Callum McGregor have impressed Sir Alex Ferguson.

Manchester United legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken highly of Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths to The Daily Record.

Ferguson, who played for Celtic’s Old Firm rivals Rangers from 1967 until 1969 and was in charge of Premier League giants United from 1986 until 2013, seems to rate Celtic and Scotland international striker Griffiths highly.

The former Rangers and Dunfermline Athletic forward has also been impressed with 24-year-old former Celtic and Scotland international central midfielder Callum McGregor.

Ferguson told The Daily Record: “The problem for Scotland in the last 20 years has been an absence of top strikers and centre backs but now we have the boy Scott McKenna having a go and he did really well and the lad Oli McBurnie also showed something really different up front.

“However, Leigh Griffiths is the best striker we’ve had for many years, without question, as he has a natural goal instinct.

“We have half a dozen decent young midfielders of a reasonably good standard and the future is better because Alex is giving them a chance.

“Against Holland recently the boy John McGinn was one of our better players and the lad Callum McGregor at Celtic has potential. They have energy, which is terrific to see in midfield.”

Quality striker

Griffiths is one of the best strikers in the Scottish Premiership and is arguably the best in his position in the Scotland national football team.

The 27-year-old has been injury issues in recent times, but there is no doubt that the former Dundee and Wolverhampton Wanderers striker is a quality player who has a lot more to give to Scotland and to Celtic.

Talented midfielder

Ferguson’s observation about McGregor should make the Celtic central midfielder proud.

The 24-year-old has been at Celtic his entire professional club career so far, and working with manager Brendan Rodgers has helped him improve.

Ferguson is one of the greatest managers of all time, and the United legend’s comments underline just how good McGregor is.

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