Former Scotland defender Alan Hutton has commended the durability and consistency of Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor, describing his performances as “always an 8 out of 10 or higher”.
Hutton told Football Insider that he wouldn’t be surprised if other clubs tried to sign the 26-year-old and feels that he hasn’t even reached the best form of his career yet.
Speaking to Football Insider about McGregor, Hutton said: “He’s brilliant, he’s just like the Energizer bunny, he just keeps going and going. He’s played so many games at such a young age.
“I know they’re trying to tie him down to a new deal and it doesn’t surprise me. I’m pretty sure the likes of Brendan Rodgers, people like this who know him know how good he is and I’m not surprised these kind of teams are looking at him.
“He’s got so much to offer, a young player who’s probably not even hit his peak yet. He’s always consistent, always an 8 out of 10 or higher.”
Hutton is right to commend McGregor for his stamina, given how hectic the 26-year-old’s involvement has been over the last few months.
As noted by celticfc.net, the midfielder played more minutes of first team football for club and country than any other professional in the world in 2018/19, racking up 5,894 minutes for Celtic and Scotland in 69 matches across an 11-month period, with only two players featuring in more games.
There was very little let-up for McGregor over the summer, either – having played the full 90 minutes for Scotland in their Euro 2020 qualifying defeat to Belgium on June 11th, he did the same again just 28 days later for Celtic against Sarajevo at the start of their Champions League qualifying campaign.
He also played the entirety of the Hoops’ subsequent two games before finally getting a rest for the second leg of the tie against Nomme Kalju at the end of July. [via TransferMarkt]
Prior to tonight’s Europa League clash against Lazio, he has already made 20 appearances for Celtic (1,785 minutes) and four for Scotland (318 minutes) this season, with 2,103 minutes of first team football clocked up since the beginning of July.
Nor has McGregor’s influence on the team waned following his incredibly short summer lay-off – he has four goals and two assists for the Hoops so far in 2019/20, leaving him just two goals shy of equalling his tally from the whole of last season.
Having started all of Celtic’s Premiership and Europa League matches thus far, Neil Lennon evidently sees him as a vital part of the team, and the manager recently said that he wants to give the midfielder an improved contract in order to entice him to commit his future to the club, as per Herald Scotland.
With McGregor showing remarkable stamina to play as often as he does, and to still have a telling effect in matches, Hutton is right to speak so highly of his exceptional consistency.
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