CALLUM McGREGOR aims to carry on playing as he nears a remarkable FIFTY appearances already this season.

The Celtic midfielder made his 41st appearance in the 3-0 win over Hamilton Accies at Parkhead at the weekend.

McGregor’s games tally leaps to 47 when international outings for Scotland are added.

But the player welcomes the hard work that lies ahead in the second part of the season and does not want to take a back-seat.

The 25-year-old versatile performer said: “I think you always want to keep playing. If there comes a time when your legs are about to fall off then you need to take a breather. But I feel good, I feel like I’m getting fitter and we’ve just had that break in Dubai.

“We’ve come back fresh, and from a personal perspective, I want to keep on playing and keep trying to help the team win.

“It’s a good achievement, particularly when you look back at where you’ve come to now. It’s great knowing you’re a big part of the team, but as I say,

“I just want to keep playing and I just want to keep trying to contribute.”

McGregor will add to his Hoops total tomorrow night when St Johnstone visit Parkhead on Premiership business.

He is likely to be in his usual midfield role with skipper Scott Brown in his anchorman position.

Hoops gaffer Brendan Rodgers has relied heavily on the player’s all-round ability in this campaign and the international has filled in at left-back, too, in an emergency for the crocked Kieran Tierney.

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