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Celtic: Callum McGregor return is a ‘huge boost’

Celtic: Callum McGregor return is a ‘huge boost’ -Celtic News

Celtic captain Callum McGregor returning from injury is a ‘huge boost’, according to former Scottish Premiership professional Tam McManus.

The Lowdown: Back in action

The Hoops midfielder was forced off the pitch in the 3-1 defeat to RB Leipzig back in October after sustaining a knee problem, and hasn’t featured in any competitive games since.

However, the 29-year-old made his long-awaited return to action last weekend for the mid-season friendly against Rennes, and supporters aren’t the only ones buzzing to see the skipper stage his comeback before Saturday’s visit to Aberdeen.

The Latest: McManus reacts

Speaking to Football Insider, McManus was delighted to see McGregor pull on the Celtic shirt once again and says Ange Postecoglou will be thrilled.

“Yeah, I saw he started. It’s a huge boost, he is the heartbeat of Celtic.

“He is a different kind of captain to Scott Brown in that he leads by example, his performances have shown that he is a very good player.

“I think Celtic have missed him, especially in those big European games that he was injured for. Carter-Vickers was missing as well and we [saw] the side struggle.

“As I say, it’s a huge boost to have him seemingly fully fit for the season returning in a few days. It adds to the competition in there.

“Going forward, I think McGregor can expect to return to that starting XI alongside Hatate, that seems to be the pair Ange likes.”

The Verdict: Boost for Postecoglou

Celtic having McGregor available for selection upon the return of domestic action will be a huge boost for Postecoglou who will know the impact his leader has.

The Scottish international has posted 126 goal contributions during his time north of the border and currently averages an excellent 91.6% pass success rate.

The Bhoys orchestrator is a key cog in midfield, and he will no doubt go on to play a huge role in his side’s push for a second consecutive league title.

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