Gareth Southgate switched his full-backs from the 1-0 win over Croatia but found themselves over run by the Scotland midfield who were backed up by two wing-backs as well as Kieran Tierney and Scott McTominay breaking from defence.
McGregor turned in a disciplined 90 minutes, sticking to the left-hand side of the midfield, showing perfect awareness and ball retention.
The highly rated Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips made little impression on the game with Scotland finishing the night looking the most likely to score.
McGregor and Co now need to beat Croatia on Tuesday to progress to the last 16, a draw would see Croatia finish in third place but unlikely to go through to the knock-out stage.
Callum McGregor was the best player on the park tonight. Absolute midfield masterclass from McGregor tonight. Gilmour will get a lot of attention given his age and his first start but McGregor was immense
— Athletic Coy (@theathleticcoy) June 18, 2021
McGregor shut a few up too.
— Ian Douglas (@ian_douglas1888) June 18, 2021
The amount of hate the SPFL gets it’s a pub league according to some, Stephen O’Donnell, Kevin Nisbet, Callum McGregor take a bow as well as players who came through that division Kieran Tierney, Andy Robertson John McGinn,Billy Gilmour, Lyndon Dykes this league is no pub league.
— Josh Bunting (@Buntingfootball) June 18, 2021
every single player on that park left everything on that park the night and that’s all ye can ask for?? unreal start to finish, Billy gilmour + mcgregor unbelievable.
— jack? (@jack29665401) June 18, 2021
I hope all the critics get off O’Donnell’s back now. Absolute stalwart. Amazing performance all round. McGregor looking like his old self as well.
— LIVE FREE OR DON’T (@FrazzaB) June 18, 2021
So proud of every player tonight ? Hanley and McGregor in particular, what a performance ???????
— Ryan Macready (@RyanMacready) June 18, 2021
The real callum mcgregor turned up tonight ????????????????
— Robert Paterson? (@madbhoab) June 18, 2021
Buzzing for O’Donnell thought he was excellent ! Hanley has changed my opinion of him he was superb. Adams ran the line brilliantly. Gilmour by the way ? not just the Chelsea boys making him look good he is a superstar in the making! Also … McGregor best game for Scotland ?
— Scott Mitchell (@scottm_27) June 18, 2021
Thought McGregor was too. And that’s not something I’ve said before.
— Jonathan Main (@jonnymain2011) June 18, 2021