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Callum on the cusp

22 August 2013

Notts County's on-loan Celtic youngster Callum McGregor is kick-starting his career in League 1 and with a big Capital One Cup night in prospect

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor has had to travel south to make his debut at first-team level as a loanee at League 1 club Notts County - but the Scotland Under-19 international has no complaints after his exciting start.

McGregor marked his first outing in competitive senior football with a goal as County beat Fleetwood Town 3-2 in the Capital One Cup, the victory earning the Magpies a glamour Second Round tie against Premier League giants Liverpool at Anfield.

And though the Meadow Lane club have taken only one point from the subsequent two League 1 games in which McGregor has played, the youngster is confident that a successful season is ahead for himself and his new team-mates.

As he looked to build on his three live-wire performances in a County shirt, 20-year-old McGregor told "I'm feeling comfortable at the club already, the lads have helped me settle in quickly and it's good to be here.

"The lads have been excellent and so has the manager [Chris Kiwomya] and the backroom staff. I'm finding my feet in the team and I'm happy with my performances so far, although I think as a team we've deserved more points.

"But I do feel that we're up and running now. We're working hard on and off the ball, we're passing it better and the tide's starting to turn. There's no reason why we can't win our fair share of games and I think we'll soon be climbing the table." 

As well as looking to climb the League 1 table, County will next week be hoping to spring a Capital One Cup surprise at Anfield, and McGregor can't wait to step out to face the Reds in front of the television cameras.

He has already played at Hampden Park, scoring twice in last year's Scottish Youth Cup final in Celtic's 8-0 thrashing of Queen of the South, but now he will be heading to Liverpool as a Notts County first-team player.

"I've had a few sleepless nights about it," said McGregor, who is on loan at Meadow Lane until January. "A few weeks ago I was with Celtic not getting a game, now I'm going to play at a massive arena like Anfield.

"It's always been a dream of mine to play there. I've watched games from there on TV, some really big nights for Liverpool, and now there's a big Anfield night for Notts County and I'm aiming to thoroughly enjoy it.

"The boys will really be up for the game and hopefully we'll do well. All the pressure will be on Liverpool, so we'll be going there to give a good account of ourselves and hopefully cause a shock." 

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