CALLUM McGREGOR has already made an excellent first impression on new boss Ange Postecoglou.
The former Australia international manager put the Celtic midfielder into the spotlight in Scotland’s Euro Finals goalless draw against England at Wembley on Friday and followed up by watching him score the Scots consolation goal in the 3-1 exit against Croatia at Hampden four nights later.
McGregor, tipped to become the Hoops’ new captain after the departure of Scott Brown to Aberdeen, took the opportunity to shine at the highest level, despite the failure of Steve Clarke’s men to make history and reach the nest stage.
Postecoglou, speaking to Celtic TV, said: “Callum was outstanding. I watched the England v Scotland game live and he was great that night. He put in another great performance against Croatia. I think all the lads will have had a positive experience.
GREEN LIGHT…Ange Posetcoglou is good to go. Image courtesy Celtic FC.
“I know it didn’t end up being fantastic, but just being part of a major tournament will leave them full of confidence. They’ll need a bit of a break now, but I can’t wait to get them back here.
“The first thing is giving some of them a bit of a break because physically and emotionally they’ve been on a bit of a rollercoaster and it’s always good to have a little bit of a break. As soon as they’re ready to come back in, it’ll be good to meet up with them and I’m sure they’ll be enthusiastic as anyone else to get going.”
Postecoglou will have 13 days with the squad before the club’s first pre-season game against Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday, July 7.
The Athens-born gaffer added: “I don’t look too far ahead. I know we have the friendly games, but I want to get out on the park and work with the lads and the staff. That way they get to know me and what my expectations are as a manager. Every training session every day is going to be so important.”