McGregor hopes for Strachan call

06 September 2017 13:52:27 EST

Callum McGregor hasn't given up on being part of Scotland's squad next month when they attempt to qualify for the World Cup in Russia.

Scotland are fourth in Group F with two games left to play, but they kept their qualification hopes intact by beating Lithuania and Malta over the last week.

Gordon Strachan's team hosts second-placed Slovakia next on 5th October before travelling to Slovenia three days later.

With England set to top the group, any of those three teams behind them could yet take second place and a playoff spot.

If I get that call [for the national side] then great. If Gordon feels that I'm not ready yet then that's fine.

Callum McGregor

Celtic's McGregor was not in the Scotland squad for this month's double header, to the surprise of his club manager Brendan Rodgers.

The Parkhead midfielder says he still hopes to catch Strachan's eye, especially with some big Champions League game now looming.

"I watched the two games [Scotland's World Cup qualifiers] and the boys did really well," McGregor said.

"For me, it's just about trying to do well at Celtic and hopefully catch the eye."

"I always want to try to get a part of it [playing for the national side] and being a part of it. Obviously, for me, there's some big games coming up at Celtic and the Champions League stuff.

"In big games, those are the ones you want to do well in."

Celtic are 10/1 to beat Paris St-Germain in next week's European opener in Glasgow, with the draw 11/2 and the French giants 2/7 to win.

McGregor said there has been no contact with Scotland boss Strachan, and that he'll keep doing his job for Celtic.

"No, I haven't had any conversations [with Strachan]," he added.

"I try not to look too far ahead and [instead] focus on my Celtic stuff and try to do well for the club.

"If I get that call [for the national side] then great. If Gordon feels that I'm not ready yet then that's fine, I'll keep playing and trying to do well."

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