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‘I WANT TO PROVE I CAN PLAY AT HIGHEST LEVEL,’ McGREGOR

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CALLUM McGREGOR wants to cap his goal and all-round impressive display against Bayern Munich with a Scotland international breakthrough.

The midfielder was excellent against the Bavarian outfit and was a stand-out performer alongside his mates Kieran Tierney and James Forrest.

McGregor is now on the brink of making his Scotland debut after being handed a call-up for this month’s friendly against Holland by interim boss Malky Mackay.

He said: “It was a big game for me because the manager has put me in there, he trusts me to deliver – and I’ve got my goal in a good performance.

“It’s another stepping stone for me. Getting the Scotland call-up was huge. I’ve always said that you can only look after your club football and hope it’s good enough. I hope I’ve done that.

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“Doing well in the Champions League shows that you can play at that level, the very top level. If you are influencing the game, getting goals and performing well, it has to help.

“I think you have to prove yourself every time you pull on that jersey – show you are good enough to play in these games.

“As a young kid watching these games, you so desperately want to be there.

“When you get a chance, you want to perform. In the past, I’ve come on, played wee bits and done okay.

“But starting and scoring, doing something that really influences the game, you think: ‘Aye, I can play here’.

“I just want to keep proving to people that I can be here, that I can play well at this level.”

McGregor added: “It’s brilliant to see the Scottish boys doing well. There are academy boys out there who have been here for 12, 15 years.

“It’s great to look up an see the likes of Jamesie and KT. It’s brilliant for the academy.”

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