CALLUM McGREGOR admitted he was surprised not to be chosen for the Scotland squad for the World Cup-tie against England.
But the Celtic midfielder has now set his sights on forcing his way into Gordon Strachan’s thoughts for the remaining Russia 2018 qualifiers.
McGregor, who arrived in Austria with the rest of the squad yesterday at the start of the 10 day pre-season preparations, scored four goals in his final seven games last season – including strikes in back-to-back victories over Sevco Rangers.

The 24-year-old was tipped to be included in the national squad for the Group F match which ended 2-2 at Hampden on June 10 – but didn’t even make the initial 29-man pool.

McGregor said: “When the squad was being announced, I was confident.

“I was playing well, scoring goals and playing in big games. The squad came out and I wasn’t in it. That was that.

“Naturally, you get that confidence and think ‘right, it might be time, I might be ready’. Naturally, you are a wee bit disappointed when it doesn’t happen, but that’s not going to knock my confidence.

“I will come back, work hard and when the games start I will, hopefully, show I can get there.”

“Scotland is always a target. Obviously, I’m a bit disappointed I wasn’t involved. But I just need to focus on my club stuff and getting back in.

“We have a lot of good midfielders and it’s up to me to try and prove I can get in there and play well for Celtic and get a call.


“I think that was my best season for Celtic. You look at what we achieved as a squad and the number of games I played.

“I played in big games and scored in big games, it was a real good season and I take confidence from that going into a new season.”


“I was in the Scotland squad (for the Germany game) but didn’t get stripped that night. Naturally, you take a bit of a dip. You begin to realise you’ve still got a lot to learn as a player and being part of a team.”

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