Celtic’s Callum McGregor has been praised by Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers, who admits he does not know why the attacking midfielder has only one cap for Scotland to his name.

The attack-mind Celtic star scored the only goal of the game on Thursday night as Celtic beat Zenit St. Petersburg 1-0 in the first leg of their Europa League round of 32 tie.

Rodgers made the Scot captain for Celtic’s 0-0 draw against St Johnstone on Sunday and the Norther Irish boss still has memories of the goal on Thursday in his mind and thinks had it been scored by Argentine, Spanish or Italian player then the praise would have been moved up a notch.

Rodgers was quoted as saying by the club’s official site:

“He’s been absolutely brilliant for me”,

“You look at his goal in midweek, and if that’s a Spanish, Italian or Argentine player, everyone would be talking about it, with the quality of the goal, the touch, the technique – everything”, he continued.

“He’s an absolutely fantastic talent in terms of how he receives the ball and how he takes the ball.

“How he has only one cap for Scotland is amazing.

“Someone with that technique and tactical understanding of the game is absolutely brilliant”, Rodgers added.

McGregor, who came through the youth ranks at Celtic, has made 39 appearances for the Bhoys in the current campaign, chipping in with eight goals.