Celtic ace reveals Rodgers pep talk for out of favour stars

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor has revealed that new manager Brendan Rodgers has been trying to motivate some of the fringe players by emphasising that his appointment is a new start for all of them.

When previous manager Ronny Deila arrived at the club, McGregor had been out on loan at English side Notts County and he feared his time at the club was over.

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The Norwegian was impressed enough with the 23-year-old to include him in the first-team, and the midfielder is now hoping he can make an equally good impression on new Hoops boss Rodgers. He told the Glasgow Evening Times:

“You always see that when a new manager comes in – it is a fresh start for everybody and I don’t think it’s any different this time.The manager has said it and it gives the boys who maybe haven’t played as much a boost and a fresh impetus to go and do well and try to get in the team. There is competition for places but that drives the standard of everything up, so it’s great for everybody.”

McGregor made 27 appearances in the league last season, scoring four goals and providing seven assists.

Rodgers has already said the first few weeks are crucial in assessing the ability of the players and McGregor will be hoping to be one of the players who impresses enough to keep his place in the squad and become a first-team regular.