Football: McGregor gets Scotland call for Germany clash

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor has been called up to the Scotland squad for next month's opening Euro 2016 qualifier away to world champions Germany.

McGregor's promotion came just weeks after his Celtic breakthrough.

The attacking midfielder has scored in each of Celtic's three away Champions League qualifiers so far this season.

McGregor spent last season on loan at English third-tier side Notts County, scoring 14 goals from midfield.

"There was room in that area to bring people in and it's nice to bring a youngster in," said Scotland manager Gordon Strachan, who played in midfield for Scotland himself.

"I like to have people in who can eliminate people and go by them, and he has shown that," the former Celtic manager added.

"Not just this season, he has shown that last season at under-21 level and Notts County, which was great because he has done something about his career.

"He has got off his backside at Notts County. It's easy just to sit here. So I like that attitude -- get me out to Notts County and I'll play and deal with reality football.

Strachan added: "He has come back and now he is playing with Celtic and scoring goals, and going by people."

McGregor comes in amid injuries to Robert Snodgrass and Scott Brown and fitness doubts over West Brom's James Morrison for the match in Dortmund on September 7.

Scotland have not appeared in the finals of a major tournament since the 1998 World Cup in France.

Scotland squad

Goalkeepers: Craig Gordon (Celtic), David Marshall (Cardiff/WAL), Alan McGregor (Hull/ENG)

Defenders: Christophe Berra (Ipswich/ENG), Craig Forsyth (Derby/ENG), Gordon Greer (Brighton/ENG), Grant Hanley (Blackburn/ENG), Alan Hutton (Aston Villa/ENG), Russell Martin (Norwich/ENG), Andrew Robertson (Hull/ENG), Steven Whittaker (Norwich/ENG)

Midfielders: Ikechi Anya (Watford/ENG), Barry Bannan (Crystal Palace/ENG), Craig Bryson (Derby/ENG), Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest/ENG), Graham Dorrans (West Brom/ENG), Darren Fletcher (Manchester United/ENG), Shaun Maloney (Wigan/ENG), James McArthur (Wigan/ENG), Kevin McDonald (Wolves/ENG), Callum McGregor (Celtic), James Morrison (West Brom/ENG), Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic)

Forwards: Steven Fletcher (Sunderland/ENG), Chris Martin (Derby/ENG), Steven Naismith (Everton/ENG)