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McGregor impresses boss in Euro rout

11th July 2018, 13:19 by Simon Barlow

Brendan Rodgers was impressed by Callum McGregor's display in Celtic's Champions League first qualifying round win over Alashkert.

The Hoops boss saw his young side overcome stubborn opposition in testing conditions to earn a commanding 3-0 lead to take into next week's return leg in Glasgow.

McGregor fired home the third goal in the final minute of normal time, after Odsonne Edouard and James Forrest had earlier netted for the visitors.

"He plays with a lot of authority and personality," Rodgers said.

"He's a real attacking midfield player. We've got different types - Scott Brown's a defensive one, Olivier Ntcham's a passing midfield player, and Callum, who is an attacking player.

"He can go forward, break lines and score goals. He does it very regularly now and in big games. He's a very valuable player to our squad."

Former Celtic striker Scott McDonald felt McGregor "picked up where he left off at the end of last season" to make that central midfield role his own now.

"He's progressed, he's matured and it's going to be hard to displace him, even if they do bring in more bodies," McDonald told the BBC.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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