CALLUM McGREGOR is poised to end his ELEVEN-GAME nightmare with a return in the friendly against Rennes in Portugal a week on Saturday.

The Celtic skipper has been sidelined since hirpling off with a knee injury in the Champions League loss to RB Leipzig in Germany on October 5.

Ange Postecoglou did not gamble on the fitness of the international midfielder in the Sydney Super Cup games against the local A-League outfit and Everton during the stint in Australia last month.

However, the Hoops gaffer could be tempted to see how the team’s onfield leader performs during the bounce match against the Ligue 1 club.

Twenty-nine-year-old McGregor and his team-mates – with the exception of Cameron Carter-Vickers, Daizen Maeda, Josip Juranovic and Aaron Mooy on World Cup duty in Qatar – will return to training at Lennoxtown tomorrow.

The champions’ anchorman will be involved before the squad fly out to Portugal next week for their warm-weather training camp.

McGregor has been earmarked for a competitive return against Aberdeen at Pittodrie when the Premiership restarts a fortnight on Saturday.

If the influential middle-of-the park operator shows up well against Rennes he is likely to go straight back into the line-up to face the Dons, according to a report in the Scottish Sun.

Celts are nine points clear at the top of the table as they bid for their second successive title under Postecoglou and their eleventh crown in the past 12 years.

The captain aims to prove he is ready to play his part in the club’s quest for even more silverware.

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