callum mcgregor happy with steve clarke as scotland boss

14:00    13 Jun 2019

Callum McGregor
Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor says he is happy with Steve Clarke as Scotland’s national team manager despite the side’s 3-0 loss to Belgium earlier this week.

The Scots succumbed in their Group I match in Brussels on Tuesday night, a result which leaves them in fourth place on the standings (though they will have a place in the playoffs due to their UEFA Nations League showing).

McGregor, who completed a gruelling 69-game season for club and country by featuring for the national team against the Red Devils, believes Clarke is the right man for the job.

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"Of course it was tough. I thought for the first 45 minutes the boys were outstanding,” McGregor said in the wake of the game.

"We held our discipline really well, made some great blocks. Marsh made a couple of great saves too and we did everything the manager asked us to do, apart from the scoreline being 1-0 as we were desperate to get in there at 0-0.

"It was so frustrating to concede that goal just before half-time as we'd played so well up until then."

He added: "I think you can see from performances like last night and on Saturday against Cyprus that we're going to be based on that defensive structure and counter-attacking well, trying to get goals on the break.

"There's a lot there to show promise. The boys have enjoyed it, the manager has enjoyed it as well, so we're looking forward to the Russia game in September.

"That will be a massive match. We've earmarked that as the big one coming into this week.

"We knew we had to beat Cyprus at the weekend but Belgium was a bit of a free hit.

"However, we've shown in bits that we can do well against top opposition so we are now looking forward to that Russia game."

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