Davie Hay claims Celtic's Callum McGregor will be feeling 'pretty pleased' with himself ahead of Scotland clash

Scotland manager Alex McLeish and assistant James McFadden are seen during the UEFA Nations League C group one match between Scotland and Israel at Hampden Park on November 20, 2018 in...

A number of Celtic players will be involved in Scotland's opening Euro 2020 qualifier on Thursday.

17th March 2019, Dens Park, Dundee, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Dundee versus Celtic; Callum McGregor of Celtic holds off Genserix Kusunga of Dundee

Davie Hay has lauded Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor for how much he has 'developed' and become a 'pivotal' player for both club and country in recent seasons.

The 25-year-old is set take the armband for Scotland when they take on Kazakhstan in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier on Thursday afternoon.

Alex McLeish will be hoping his team can get off to a positive start, with the likes of McGregor, John McGinn and Oli McBurnie all crucial to the Scot's picking up three points in Astana. 

 

Former Celtic man Hay spoke about Kieran Tierney's injury, which has opened up the door for McGregor to lead Scotland out onto the field on Thursday as he was full of praise for the versatile player. 

"However, while it is obviously a blow for Tierney [to be injured], you have to think that Callum McGregor will be feeling pretty pleased with himself," said Hay, as quoted by the Evening Times. 

"It wasn’t too long ago that McGregor was still knocking at the door of the Scotland team so to be taken the armband for the night will be a massive honour for him, I’m sure.

"It just shows you how much he has developed in recent seasons where he has become a really pivotal player for both club and country."

Callum McGregor of Celtic reacts during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 Second Leg match between Valencia v Celtic at Estadio Mestalla on February 21, 2019 in Valencia, Spain.

McGregor has played a variety of roles for Celtic this season from being deployed in the number 10 position to being utilised at left-back and on the right wing. 

As a result, he has played 49 games in all competitions for the Bhoys, scoring six goals for his team and supplying his teammates with six assists [transfermarkt]

Scotland failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia and the last European Championships. A failure to qualify for the nest major tournament once again will only increase the pressure on the SFA to help the game in the country grow.

But there is no doubt that Scotland have a number of highly-talented youngsters coming through who can produce the goods in these next few years. 

Alex McLeish, Manager of Scotland gives his team instructions during the UEFA Nations League C group one match between Scotland and Israel at Hampden Park on November 20, 2018 in Glasgow,...

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