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Belgium a perfect test


Callum McGregor

Callum McGregor

Callum McGregor

Callum McGregor believes Belgium are the "perfect" warm-up opponents for Scotland ahead of the Nations League opener against Albania.

The World Cup semi-finalists take on Alex McLeish's side at Hampden Park tomorrow night before the visit of the Albanians the following Monday night.

While the Scots are clearly coming up against a side of proven pedigree who could inflict some damage to morale, the Hoops midfielder wants to measure himself against high quality.

He said: "As a professional you always want to test yourself and those types of games are perfect for you.

"As a player you want to play against the best and if you feel like you've done well in that game you come out of it and feel good about yourself and take that confidence into the next game.

"You want to play against the best players and Belgium certainly proved that at the World Cup in the summer. They are a big team with a lot of good players.

"But it is always good to test yourself against the best.

"The game will be intense, they will play one and two touch and get the ball moving so I think that is a good idea to have that before you play in the competitive game."

While the Belgium squad is packed with well-known superstars, Albania are more of an unknown quantity.