Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor has lauded former Hoops boss Ronny Deila for having faith in his abilities that have made the player he is now.
McGregor has gone on to be a prominent feature for Celtic but it wasn't the case a few years ago when Neil Lennon shipped him out on loan to Notts County and when he was recalled Deila was now at the helm of The Hoops.
Speaking to The Scotsman in an interview, McGregor said: “Ronny was the one who gave me my chance to go and perform in the first team. I will always be grateful to him for showing that faith in me.
“When he took over, he could have gone in a safe direction but he liked to develop young players.
"He always wanted to give you a chance and you have to give him credit for that. Ronny was willing to throw younger boys like me and Kieran Tierney in and let us play.
“Without that, I might not be sitting here today playing for Celtic. It’s something I will always thank him for. I’m grateful to him for setting me on my journey.”
McGregor is now fast on his way to 300 appearances for Celtic and has become a solid first-choice midfielder for Lennon.