Controversial Celtic star Leigh Griffiths has conceded that Rangers star Allan McGregor is a “world-class” goalkeeper as he rues the saves which helped the Gers to a 1-0 win at Ibrox.

The striker showed good technique to bend an effort towards goal from the edge of the box midway through the first half but his effort was superbly touched on to the post by McGregor.

In that moment the Gers stopper – who’d been on fine form earlier in the game to deny Odsonne Edouard – broke Celtic hearts and helped Rangers into half-time at 0-0.

From there Celtic would be reduced to 10-men when Nir Bitton hauled down Alfredo Morelos whilst the Colombian was bearing down on goal, but Griffiths cursed McGregor come full-time after his side fell to a 1-0 defeat courtesy of a Callum McGregor own goal.

“I thought it was in,” said Griffiths [Glasgow Times]. “But he is a world-class goalkeeper. That’s what he brings you – he wins you points

 

“I couldn’t have hit it any sweeter. He got his fingertips to it and it’s hit the post. Listen it was a chance for me and I never put it away.

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“We train hard this week, reflect and be ready for Hibs next Monday.

“It was [an opportunity missed]. Because first half was the best we have played all season. And I don’t think have Rangers have had a shot on target all game.

“It’s disappointing but it’s the games at the start of the season that have killed us to be honest. The start of the season was not good enough.

“If we had been putting in performances like that we would not be in this position.”

Griffiths, 30, isn’t exactly the most popular man amongst the Rangers support but that didn’t stop him lauding Ibrox stopper McGregor come the final whistle.

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Griffiths branded Allan McGregor “world-class” after Celtic’s defeat to Rangers. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Rangers fans might appreciate the comments of Griffiths but they didn’t exactly appreciate the actions of an equally disliked player at Celtic Park.

The Celtic captain Scott Brown has come in for criticism from the Ibrox faithful after he tried to “cheat” and get a leading Rangers player sent off.

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