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Brendan Rodgers Compares Callum McGregor to Joe Allen and Tips Him For Scotland Cap

Brendan Rodgers Compares Callum McGregor to Joe Allen and Tips Him For Scotland Cap

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has compared Callum McGregor to Joe Allen after he helped the Hoops clinch the Scottish Premiership.

The midfielder has been used in several positions this season when injury has hampered Celtic and Rodgers believes he doesn’t get enough credit.

The 23-year-old has played right-midfield, centre-midfield, left-back and in behind the striker and Rodgers compared him to former Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen.

Speaking to the media at Lennoxtown, the title-winning boss said: “I look at players yesterday like Callum McGregor.

“Never gets a mention. We get all the stars, all the goals and everyone else; this young boy was brilliant yesterday.

“He’s played in five positions for me this season. Wide on the right against Barcelona, centre of midfield, the side of a diamond,has played left-back and is one of those under-rated, under-valued players, but not by myself and the coaching team.

“I had a similar player at Liverpool in Joe Allen and it wasn’t probably until he went to the European Championships (with Wales) and got voted into the team of the tournament that people began to sit up and take a bit of notice of him.

Rodgers went on to tip McGregor to be the next Hoops star called up to Scotland after six featured in the 1-0 win over Slovenia.

I have absolutely no doubt that if Gordon is looking for someone who is technically gifted, who can keep the ball, who understands football tactically, a player who never wavers in mentality – he is seven or eight out of ten every game he plays – who has got Champions League experience, then you wouldn’t go too far wrong with Callum in your squad.

Despite wrapping the league up at this stage, Celtic’s season is far from over.

The Hoops are now one trophy away from a famous treble and will have to see aside Rangers in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup if they are to do so.

 

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