5 Celtic Players who Featured in Euro 2020

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Scotland made headlines last year after qualifying for the Euros for the first time since 1996. While they were unable to make it beyond the group stages, they certainly didn’t give up without a fight.

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Let’s take a look at some of the top current Celtic players who were on the team this year, as well as a few of their good and bad moments.

James Forrest

Last season promised so much but injury robbed him of six months playing time and more honours.

An ankle injury in September put his season on hold just as Celtic started to implode. Forrest missed out on the Scottish Cup Final win over Hearts and only managed the briefest of contributions to the European Championship campaign, coming on against the Czech Republic when all was lost.

Self isolating through Celtic’s pre-season will have added to his frustrations.

David Turnbull

A very contrasting season after he proved his fitness at Motherwell to recapture his £3m transfer to Celtic.

Neil Lennon put him in cold storage before discovering Turnbull in mid-December but it was far too big a job for one man to turn around.

He did make his international debut in the pre-Euros friendly against Holland but the real thing proved to be a let-down with no playing time in any of Scotland’s three matches.

Callum McGregor

The toil of last season, and non-stop football for almost four years took it’s toll on the midfielder. Without Kieran Tierney and James Forrest for the bulk of the campaign McGregor seemed to carry too much expectation onto the park.

He did come alive at Wembley as Scotland matched their so-called superiors then scored the only goal of the campaign with an equaliser against Croatia at Hampden.

Now he is carrying the Celtic captaincy, there seems to be a freshness again about his game in the early days of Ange Postecoglou.

Greg Taylor

What a heart-breaking task- being third choice behind Andy Robertson and Kieran Tierney for your country!

Taylor has never had anything handed to him on a plate, last season he was dumped by Lennon for Diego Laxalt but as that issue developed fans realised that the former Kilmarnock man might not be as bad as they imagined.

Now, he appears to be the wise old head of the Celtic defence, aged 23.

Ryan Christie

Fitted in with Celtic’s hot and cold season, not helped by two spells having to self isolate.

A Scotland hero in November as he scored in Serbia then sobbed to the nation in his post-match interview. Celtic fans were sobbing to as the disastrous season unfolded with Christie shunted out onto the right flank but unable to replicate the role of James Forrest.

Hooked at half-time in Scotland’s European Championship opener against the Czech Republic, Christie faces an interesting time with his Celtic contract expiring in January.

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