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Brendan Rodgers Says Callum McGregor is Celtic’s Philipp Lahm

Brendan Rodgers Says Callum McGregor is Celtic’s Philipp Lahm

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has compared Hoops midfielder Callum McGregor to Bayern Munich legend and German World Cup winner Philipp Lahm.

McGregor has developed into a fan favourite since Rodgers’ arrival in the summer of 2016, and scored his tenth goal of a brilliant campaign against the club’s arch-rivals Rangers last Sunday.

McGregor has also broken into the Scotland squad since working with Rodgers, and the Northern Irishman reckons there’s plenty more to come from the 24-year-old.

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In fact, Rodgers rates him so highly that he thinks his consistency and understated style of play remind him of Lahm in his pomp.

Speaking in his weekly media conference today, via STV, Rodgers said: “I think he’s getting the little bit of credit he deserves.

“You talk about Phillip Lahm, who was obviously a great player at Bayern Munich, he could play in full back positions and play in midfield.

“Callum is that version for me here at Celtic.

“Wherever he plays he is minimum seven out of ten, he’s got an incredible ability tactically to understand the game.

“Our fourth penalty at the weekend comes from him having the ability to press at the right moment, he sees the poor pass by the midfielder, reads that situation and nicks it, then his pass leads to the penalty.

“He’s a player of real intelligence, he knows the whole pitch and that’s the mark of the really gifted players for me.

“He knows the game at full back and can play at number ten, number eight, out wide.

“He’s a joy to work with.

“To see him grow and produce in the big games is great to see.”

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During a glittering playing career, Lahm managed to win not only the World Cup but also eight Bundesliga titles and the Champions League in 2013.

He retired last summer, and if McGregor has anywhere near the same CV when he hangs up his boots, he’ll have done rather well.

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