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Club v Country battle brewing as Steve Clarke prepares to name his Scotland squad

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Callum McGregor will be named in the Scotland squad today despite missing Celtic’s last four matches and being a doubt for the next two.

Scotland face Israel and the Faroe Isles next week with McGregor managing just 70 minutes for Celtic since playing three matches in seven days for Steve Clarke’s side.

The newly appointed Celtic captain has racked up an incredible number of appearances over the last five years, when he is missing through injury it is a genuine cause for concern.

The Sun reports:

STEVE CLARKE will gamble on crocked Celtic captain Callum McGregor — by picking him for Scotland’s World Cup double-header.

Hoops ace McGregor started the 1-0 win in Austria this month but has missed the last four games for his club with a hamstring problem.

Celts boss Ange Postecoglou already rates the midfielder as doubtful for this week’s clashes with Bayer Leverkusen and Aberdeen.

But it’s understood he will be included for the Hampden meeting with Israel a week on Saturday and the trip to the Faroes four days later.

Ange Postecoglou has been very vague in his updates on McGregor’s injury which has left Celtic missing the main component in their side.

The increased frequency of international matches is a major burden for clubs to cope with, during the summer McGregor scored against Croatia on June 21 then turned out for Celtic against Midtjylland on July 20.

Wins over Israel and the Faroes would put Scotland in a strong position to earn a play-off spot for next year’s World Cup Finals but in a season of transition McGregor is more valuable than ever to his club.

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