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Wednesday 8th
posted by Morning Star in Sport

CALLUM McGREGOR has declared himself ready to make his first Scotland appearance against the Netherlands tomorrow night.

The Celtic midfielder was first called up by former national team boss Gordon Strachan in September 2014 and was brought in for the World Cup qualifying double-header against Slovakia and Slovenia last month but has yet to feature.

However, after being included in stand-in manager Malky Mackay’s squad for the challenge match against the Dutch at Pittodrie, McGregor believes the time is right for him to make his international debut.

The 24-year-old replied in the affirmative when asked if he was in the form of his life and insists Champions League football with Celtic over the past two seasons has bolstered his confidence.

“I feel ready to play,” he said.

“It has been a really good period for me.

“The last few times I have been here it has been great to be here but this time round I feel I can play a part.

“The big Champions League nights and doing well in them has given me the confidence.

“I feel a lot more ready to play a part.

“I think it is just confidence. Playing well and scoring in big games, it is all part of the learning process as a player.

“You are learning different sides to the game all the time and I feel for me, I am affecting big games and that is where the confidence is com

ing from, you feel as if you do.

“In the last 12-18 months I have been coming on as a player in every aspect of my game and seem to be doing well and hopefully that continues.”