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Callum McGregor has branded Brendan Rodgers’ return to the club ‘a real statement of intent’.

The Celtic captain, who opened the scoring for Scotland in the 2-0 win over Georgia last night, was speaking for the first time since the Irishman’s Parkhead return.

The Hoops skipper told Celtic TV:  “Obviously the guys at the top of the club have been working really hard and relentlessly to make this happen.

“You become aware of it at the start of last week and there’s been a lot of chat, and a lot of good work done to get it over the line.

“It’s great that we’ve managed to get him back and it’s obviously a really positive step for the club, it’s a real statement of intent.

“The guys that were here the last time really enjoyed working with him and under him, it was a really successful period.

“But just in terms of him coming back in, it’s important that we draw that line and it’s now about what we can achieve together moving forward for this new group as well.

“He’s a top-level manager, his preparation and detail towards every single game, every single training session, every moment that he’s in the building he’s constantly thinking about football and how to make the club better, how to make the team better and on top of that, how to make the individual within the team better as well, and he’s had a brilliant track record with that everywhere he’s been.

“So the boys are really excited to work with him on a close level along with the guys who are still here at the club.

“They are really important coaches and I believe that’ll be a really good coaching team together and, like I said, it now about getting to work and trying to achieve what we can as a group.”