It seemed as though Rangers were set to be without the 20-year-old for the meeting with the Wasps when he was called up for the Scotland squad.

But Ally McCoist has reached an agreement with national team coach Gordon Strachan which allows Macleod to play for his club instead.

Although he will be at Celtic Park tonight for the Euro 2016 qualifier with the Republic of Ireland, the youngster won’t be involved.

Instead he is expected to rejoin the Scots following tomorrow’s game to take part in preparations for Tuesday’s friendly with England.

Macleod has had an excellent season so far, scoring eight goals for Gers and turning in a series of terrific displays.

McGregor has been hugely impressed by the Murray Park youth product and is delighted he’ll be in the team as the Ibrox side looks for a ninth consecutive victory.

The former St Mirren centre-half said: “I can see why the gaffer wants Lewis back. He would have been a massive loss.

“I wouldn’t say I’m nearly as experienced as some of the older boys such as Kris Boyd, who have played at loads of different clubs.

“But for me and from what I’ve seen of him, personally I think Lewis is the best youngster I’ve seen.

“It’s not just his application on the football park. It’s his application off the park as well that’s impression and he’s a really grounded, nice boy.

“Attitude is a massive thing in football. Managers will tell you it’s great when players are doing well on the park but it’s how they handle it when they’re not that counts.

“Lewis does that and for me, he ticks all the boxes. He’s only going to go one way in his career and that’s up.”

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