Callum McGregor ran himself to the ground and showed why he is one of the highest paid players in the squad as Celtic won a thrilling 2-1 encounter last night.
Olivier Ntcham’s dramatic injury-time winner against Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico sent Celtic into the last 32 of the Europa League.
The Hoops arrived in Rome at the summit of Group E after beating the Italian side last month but amid a shaky start they fell behind in the seventh minute when striker Ciro Immobile volleyed in a cross from Manuel Lazzari.
However, Neil Lennon’s side fought back and winger James Forrest deservedly levelled in the 38th minute with a terrific finish.
And in the fifth minute of added time at the end of a thrilling game, midfielder Ntcham, on for Ryan Christie, finished a counter attack to secure a 2-1 win.
It was Celtic’s first win in Italy in 13 attempts and kept them top of Group E with a guarantee of European football after Christmas.
Callum McGregor was at his usual best, composed and running the game from the middle of the pitch along with Scott Brown.
The midfielder successfully completed 42 out of the 43 passes he made during the game and was generally a pain for the Lazio players to deal with throughout the evening.
The 26-year-old is reportedly one of highest earners in the squad after he signed a new five-year contract with the club earlier in the week (Read Celtic).
The Scottish champions rebuffed interest from Leicester City in the Scotland international towards the end of the summer transfer window and moved to tie him down until at least the summer of 2024.
McGregor has played 17 times for his country, has won five Ladbrokes Premiership titles, three Scottish Cups and three League Cups at Celtic.