Callum McGregor keen to produce eye-catching performance for Celtic

Callum McGregor has an added incentive to perform well for Celtic against Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday, if such a thing is required in the Old Firm derby.

The Hoops midfielder is looking to help the Ladbrokes Premiership leaders bolster their six-point advantage over their city rivals.

And he knows the watching Scotland boss Alex McLeish has delayed naming his first squad for the two friendlies against Costa Rica and Hungary until Monday.

McGregor won his first cap against Holland at Pittodrie in November, under caretaker boss Malky Mackay, and is keen to keep his place in the squad.

The 24-year-old said: “You are always looking to impress every time you are on the pitch and Sunday is certainly no different.

“You have the added stuff about Scotland, everything is building up to be a positive afternoon and if you come out of that with a good performance then looking towards Scotland would be great as well.

“If you ask any player, to play for their country is a massive honour, I am no different to that.

“I will be certainly pushing to try to be involved.”

Rangers are in good form, suffering only one defeat in 12 matches, but McGregor and his Celtic team-mates travel to Govan with confidence.

The former Hoops youth player has not lost there in three appearances and indeed boss Brendan Rodgers has not tasted defeat to the Light Blues in eight games since he took over from Ronny Deila in 2016.

McGregor said: “I got a goal there the time before last (in a 5-1 win) and it was a great day for the club as well.

“You can’t describe the feeling of scoring in that game. It’s really special and I would be delighted to get one on Sunday.

“All the Celtic v Rangers games are special. It doesn’t really matter where you sit in the league. They’re always massive games, with all the hype surrounds them. It’s a big fixture so to get a goal in any of those games is excellent.

“They are confident coming off the back of a good run of form, and they might see it as the best chance they’ve had for a while.

“But we just have to focus on our stuff and if we go there and prepare well and we’ll be confident of taking something from it.”

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