Callum McGregor Will Lead By Example As Captain – Stuart Armstong

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 04: Stuart Armstrong of Scotland walks on the pitch prior to the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Scotland and Malta at Hampden Park on September 4, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Stuart Armstrong expects Callum McGregor to lead by example when the Celtic midfielder captains Scotland for the first time.

The 25-year-old developed into a key player in big games for Celtic under Brendan Rodgers and has taken that mantle into his international career.

According to Southampton midfielder Armstrong, he said: “It’s disappointing to have Andy out but I think the squad as a whole is a good one in terms of depth and Callum is taking on the captaincy.

I have played with him for many years so I know his abilities as a leader and the team has a lot of respect for him.

“He is very organized, sometimes you play with players who are natural leaders on the pitch who spur the team on, not so much vocally but naturally with their play.

Callum is definitely one of those players and he has a lot of respect in that sense.

“He is very good technically too. The team are delighted that he is going to be leading the nation as it were. It’s a great honour for Callum.”

McGregor and Armstrong have both played in the stadium for Celtic in the Champions League qualifiers, and have yet to taste victory there, although Celtic have qualified on all three occasions, they have faced opposition from Kazakhstan.

Armstrong added: “We had a tough game here in the qualifiers and we know what to expect. I certainly won’t underestimate them.

“In terms of the pitch, I was actually surprised by how good it was even though it was an AstroTurf.

Naturally, we prefer to play but many of the boys have played on AstroTurf domestically so it’s no problem.”

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