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Philippe Clement gushes about Callum McGregor ahead of Rangers v Celtic

Celtic will face Rangers in a “must-win” derby at Ibrox on Sunday (7 April) in the Scottish Premiership and they have received a major boost already. 

The Bhoys skipper Callum McGregor returned to Lennoxtown on Friday, while Luis Palma was also spotted in training. Reo Hatate, who managed 60 minutes in the 3-0 win over Livingston, also looks fit.

However, getting the skipper back at the crucial juncture of the season will come as a massive boost for the Hoops. McGregor has been an “outstanding” servant of this club and the 30-year-old is an inspirational leader of this side.

McGregor was absent for about five weeks as he struggled with calf problems. Brendan Rodgers confirmed that the Scottish midfielder will play some part in the Old Firm derby but the final decision will be made ahead of the game.

Rangers boss Philippe Clement has hailed the Celtic midfielder, saying he is a “very good player” who has a “lot of quality”. The Gers need to stop him from dictating the game, but Clement has suggested that they are not focussing on him alone.

“He’s a very good player and he’s somebody with a lot of quality,” said Clement (Daily Record, page 67).

“He’s really good on the ball and he’s really important for their team, so it’s important to take that strength out of their team and that’s one part you need to do. But it’s not only about one player.”

Should Celtic start with Callum McGregor?

Rodgers will also be boosted by the return of both Hatate and Palma, both can play a major role in this crucial game at Ibrox.

Nicolas Kuhn has done well in the absence of Palma, and Rodgers needs to make a big call about team selection. If Palma doesn’t face any complications in training, he will get into the starting line-up straight away.

The big question is whether McGregor should start in midfield for this huge game. Kieran Tierney has hailed the Bhoys skipper as an “amazing” player, and he can make a big difference to the side, even if he comes from the bench.

There will be a temptation to start him, but considering his lack of match fitness, the decision could severely backfire.

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