CALLUM McGREGOR once again underlined his importance to Celtic with his all-action midfield display in the 2-0 win over Ross County in Dingwall yesterday.

It was the usual no-frills performance from the Hoops captain as he expertly linked defence with attack, tackled, passed, chased and covered space.

Plus he was always there with a word of encouragement for a team-mate who may have been momentarily flagging.

However, it may be fair to say that the 28-year-old Scotland international anchorman could brush up on one aspect of his game – his shooting against Malky Mackay’s side was nothing short of atrocious.

CAPTAIN’S ROLE…Callum McGregor on patrol in Dingwall yesterday.

On three occasions, McGregor surged through to get into reasonable positions for a pop at goal and on all three times his wayward efforts were well off target.

The third, deep in the second-half, was so wild the ball may even have been retrieved in Inverness.

Okay, we realise Calmac is not in the team to supply goals and he does possess other strengths. We accept that, but the bonus of a goal from an unexpected source can often go a long way to bringing in a favourable result.

You only have to look at Jock Stein’s all-conquering team of the sixties to understand that argument. Goals flowed from the likes of Bobby Lennox, John Hughes, Stevie Chalmers, Willie Wallace and Joe McBride, but the Hoops of that era also possessed some big-hitters in the shape of Bobby Murdoch and full-back Tommy Gemmell.

The defender fired in his fair share of penalty-kicks, but his shooting from long range was also awesome and brought rewards on some occasions when the team needed them most.

So, may CQN compose a well-meaning memo to the Celtic skipper who has scored a mere four goals in 48 appearances this season?

Please put in some shooting practice at Lennoxtown this week!


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