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CELTIC DUO ALL-CLEAR FOR DERBY

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CALLUM McGREGOR and Greg Taylor both came through unscathed as Scotland beat the Czech Republic in the UEFA Nations League at Hampden tonight.

The Hoops midfielder put in his usual 90-minute-plus dependable display while the left-back was given a breather in 79 minutes with Hibs’ Paul Hanlon coming on in his place.

Unless there is an unexpected overnight reaction, the Hoops duo will be okay for the Glasgow derby against Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox outfit at Parkhead on Saturday.

The Scots have now gone eight games without defeat and they have Ryan Fraser to thank for their latest victory.

The Newcastle winger latched onto a neat Landon Dykes pass to whip in the encounter’s only goal in the sixth minute.

He should have doubled the advantage in the 35th minute after being released by an excellent John McGinn pass, but he blazed over the crossbar.

The visitors were out of luck on a few occasions while David Marshall had to look smart to deny them an equaliser.

After some near things at the Scots end, it was Steve Clarke’s men who came closest to adding to the scoreline with a whiplash 25-yarder from substitute Oli McBurnie that clattered off the crossbar six minutes from the end.

It was a great work-out for McGregor and Taylor against top-class opposition.

 
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