‘Tactically brilliant, he is such a top-class player,’ Rodgers praises Celtic star

TOM ROGIC and James Forrest have been getting well deserved praise for their performances against Hibs and St Johnstone. They each have a Man of the Match award, five goals between them and at least the same again in assists.

Yet another player who has been exceptional, particularly yesterday, is Callum McGregor and Brendan Rodgers did not hesitate to help praise on this versatile player who the manager described as being tactically brilliant.

McGregor was excellent at McDiarmid Park where we played in Scott Brown’s deeper position and sprayed the passes around nicely, allowing Forrest and Rogic to do their thing at the other end of the park, to devastating effect.

Yesterday McGregor was back in the more forward role, wide left and was excellent in that position until the captain was forced to go off with what looked like a calf strain. Scotty Sinclair came on as the substitute and took McGregor’s starting position with Callum moving back to play in the Scott Brown position.

“There is only one problem, when you move Callum McGregor you want Callum McGregor to be in the other position,” Brendan Rodgers noted.

“He is absolutely tactically brilliant.

“He played three positions. He played wide in a 4-3-3, he played as a holding player in the bottom of the diamond and then in the left side of a diamond.

“He is just tactically brilliant. His view of the game is so good, his brain is of a really top level performer.

“Tactically he is just a special player to work with and he has this unique quality for here in Scotland, that he keeps the ball which at the top level you have to do.

“He is such a top-class player.”

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Also on The Celtic Star this morning…and reading a few of these stories really does make a difference to the success of this site…

The original Celtic Song – Celtic on the Ball…See HERE.

Video: ‘Big Tam Rogic could open a can of spaghetti hoops with that left foot’…See HERE.

Video: Rodgers, Rogic and Jamesy “yeah no, as I said” Forrest…See HERE.

Bitter Hearts: ‘Aye, Albert Kidd, they still remember you!’ David Potter…See HERE.

Incidentally the link above will give you the chance to try David Potter’s brilliant Celtic in the League Cup quiz – 17 multiple choice questions about our 17 triumphs in the competition. Have a go!

Jim Craig – Wispy scored Celtic’s fastest ever European goal in Dublin…See HERE.

And from post match yesterday evening…

‘On this form we should have a go at beating Leipzig,’ David Potter…See HERE.

‘We entertained the people today,” Rodgers…See HERE.

Sensational Celtic overwhelm adventurous Hibs…See HERE.

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