CELTIC captain Callum McGregor was at the centre of a mystery when he was omitted from Ange Postecoglou’s player pool for Hampden this afternoon.

The Hoops key man’s name was nowhere to be seen in the provisional squad which was revealed in a national newspaper.

Over 20 players were identified, but, puzzlingly, McGregor was not among them.

THE MASKED RAIDER…Callum McGregor sweeps past defender Calvin Bassey as he plays his part in Celtic’s equaliser at Ibrox earlier this month.

Clearly, it is an oversight – or the paper has an exclusive that will rock the Parkhead support before such a crucial confrontation that could go a long way to seeing Postecoglou lead the team to a phenomenal domestic clean sweep in his first season as manager at Parkhead.

For the record, with McGregor included, here is the provisional squad:

Joe Hart, Scott Bain, Vasilis Barkas, Josip Juranovic, Anthony Ralston, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Carl Starfelt, Christopher Jullien, Greg Taylor, Liam Scales, Dane Murray, Callum McGregor, Tom Rogic, Matt O’Riley, Nir Bitton, Reo Hatate, David Turnbull, James McCarthy, Yosuke Ideguchi, Ismaila Soro, Liel Abada, James Forrest, Kyogo Furuhashi, Daizen Maeda, Filipe Jota and Mikey Johnston.

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