Callum McGregor ready to fill Scott Brown void


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Celtic forward Callum McGregor insists he has no problem playing as a holding midfielder as he prepares to learn from captain Scott Brown.

Brown has been outstanding for the Hoops since he signed from Hibernian in 2002. He has since made 325 appearances but McGregor admits the club need to begin to plan for life without him.

He is likely to be absent for Thursday’s Europa League clash with RB Leipzig after he suffered an injury during Saturday’s 4-2 win over Hibs.

The 33-year-old is waiting for scan results and is also an early doubt for the Cup clash with Hearts at Murrayfield on Sunday.

McGregor dropped into midfield for the final 20 minutes against Hibs and the 25-year-old says he will do all he can to learn from Brown before he retires.

He told the Daily Record: “If you play so many different positions and see the game from different angles it just helps you with your game knowledge and tactically as well.

“When you drop into Broony’s position it’s obviously a different role. It requires different discipline in terms of trying to play the role.

“But with Broony playing in there every week you can’t learn from a better player. I’m always trying to learn in case I’m asked to drop in there and do a job for the team.

“He is a real special character and a real special player. If you don’t learn from somebody like that it’s a wasted opportunity.”

RB Leipzig are 1.44 favourites for Thursday’s clash, with the draw 4.75, while the Hoops remain 6.00 outsiders.

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