June 22, 2024

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Celtic captain lauded for role in latest title success after injury.

James McFadden believes the captain of the Hoops played a significant role in destroying Rangers’ hopes of unseating them this season.

After sustaining an Achilles problem during a league game against Dundee on February 28, McGregor, 30, was out for 38 days.

When he eventually made a comeback, it was with minutes off the bench.

But in all four post-split games, the dynamic midfield player rose to the occasion and played some of his greatest football with Matt O’Riley and Reo Hatate.

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McFadden understands McGregor was perhaps rushed back from injury too soon, yet believes he’s quickly managed to get back to his best, in a timely boost to both Scotland’s Euro 2024 chances, plus Celtic’s hopes of completing a domestic double when they go head-to-head with Rangers in the Scottish Cup final next weekend.

“I think he’s shown (his influence) over the last couple of weeks,” the Scotland hero told Sky Sports.

“His introduction back into the team was too soon because I don’t think he’d trained much.

“But it’s not taken him too long to get it back. The last few weeks his performances have been outstanding.

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“I know this is about Celtic and all the Celtic fans will be delighted but I’m just delighted he’s going to be ready for Germany.

“Honestly, I was really worried but he looks back to his best, there’s a couple of games to go and hopefully he will be alright for Germany.”

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