Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor will use Scotland's European Championship qualifiers against Kazakhstan and San Marino to build up his fitness after coming through the 90 minutes at Dens Park with no ill effects.

McGregor was not supposed to play the full game but ploughed on regardless as Celtic opened up a 10-point gap at the top of the table courtesy of a last minute Odsonne Edouard winner.

It was McGregor's first game since picking up a knock against Valencia in the second leg of Celtic's Europa League tie against the Spaniards in February.

And as Celtic look to get over the line and clinch their eight successive league title, McGregor is keen to return after the international break for the game against Rangers in optimum condition.


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“I just want to play," said the 25-year-old.

"I have come through the game ok. I wasn’t meant to play as long as it did but it is always good to test it and see how it is I felt ok after the game. It’s good now to get another few games before this big run in.

“I have played a lot of games and then broken down so it was brilliant to be back and to return with a victory was great."

McGregor, meanwhile, praised the resilience of Celtic after Edouard's 96th minute winner at Dens Park. It is the third late goal of late with Celtic also enjoying last-gasp winners against Kilmarnock and Hearts in recent weeks, a hallmark of the club's commitment, according to McGregor.

“It is a great sign of champions that they keep going no matter the result or performance," he told Celtic TV. "Credit to the lads because we stuck to it right to the end and then won it with a wee bit of quality.


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“We created a lot of chances and could have been two or three up at half-time but sometimes you don’t get them. You need to keep digging in and keep going and you have seen just how relentless this squad is.

“We have picked up some massive points these last few weeks.

"To go and get to 10 points clear is massive. We spoke about it before the game and what we wanted to do. We let our chance slip against Aberdeen and we were determined not to do it again. It shows you the resilience of these players that we never know when we are beat or when we are going to drop points. It is a true sign of champions."