Three Celts named in Scotland squad, Calmac needs his minutes managed

Steve Clarke has named three Celtic players in his Scotland squad for the final two matches of Scotland’s already successful Euro2024 qualifying campaign.

Scotland have two fixtures to fulfil having Brady qualified for next summer’s finals in Germany. The Scotland side will take on Georgia at the Boris Paichadze Stadium in Tbilisi on Thursday 16 November before finishing the campaign against Norway at Hampden on 19 November with that game kicking off at 7.45pm on a Sunday night.

Scotland Training Session – Tuesday 5th September Scotland s Callum McGregor at Lesser Hampden, on Tuesday September 5, 2023. Photo Andrew Milligan

The three Celtic players named in the Scotland squad are Callum McGregor, Greg Taylor and Anthony Ralston. And there are three former Celts named in the Scotland squad that was announced earlier today. Jack Hendry, Stuart Armstrong and Ryan Christie are all included.

With Scotland already through to the finals, hopefully Steve Clarke will utilise his squad to the fullest and allow Callum McGregor a rest. Brendan Rodgers made a telling decision last night to substitute his captain during the second half of the 6-0 mauling in Madrid, a recognition that Calmac needs to have his minutes managed much more than has been the case.

Celtic’s Scottish midfielder Callum McGregor attends a press conference at Celtic Park stadium in Glasgow, on October 3, 2023 on the eve of their UEFA Champions League Group E football match against Lazio. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

No-one in European football has played more minutes than Callum McGregor over these past five or six seasons and eventually that will catch up with the Celtic captain.

At Celtic hopefully Brendan Rodgers is thinking along similar lines and in Tomoki Iwata he already has a top quality deputy for that number six role in the side.

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