Celtic’s young midfielder, Callum McGregor, has earned his first Scotland call up from Gordon Strachan on the back of a wonderful 2013/14 campaign on loan at Notts County where he was influential in helping them beat the drop.
The 21 year old scored 14 goals and picked up one assist as he became a key man at Meadow Lane during his loan spell. He formed a deadly creative partnership with fellow loanee Jack Grealish, who scored five and assisted seven while on loan from Aston Villa, as County produced a great escape to avoid relegation.
The Scottish youngster has also scored four goals in 8 appearances, three goals and one assist in five Champions League qualification games and once in three Scottish Premiership games, certainly a formidable run of form for a seemingly unknown prospect 12 months ago. McGregor is joined by Sheffield Wednesday forward Stevie May and the call ups represents the way in which former Middlesbrough boss Strachan wants the Scottish national side to head in terms of taking advantage of the best young prospects that he has at his disposal and develop them into a squad that can challenge in the future.
County have attempted to replace McGregor with the loan signings of Jake Cassidy and Zeli Ismail along with experienced free agents Alan Smith and Gary Jones which has helped the club to seven points from their first four games and it certainly seems that Shaun Derry has good re-enforcements for the coming season.