Rangers’ matchwinner in the recent 1-0 win over Celtic has tried to give an explanation over the controversial Covid-19 comments of Parkhead chief executive Peter Lawwell.
Callum McGregor’s deflected own goal settled the most recent Old Firm derby as the Celtic midfielder and one-time Rangers fan achieved a boyhood dream in scoring the winner against Celtic at Ibrox.
But after Lawwell drew much criticism from across Scottish football for claiming that Celtic had been affected by Covid-19 more than anyone else, McGregor tried to offer an explanation.
The suggestion was taken as an insult by many of Scotland’s clubs who face tumultuous times financially or who – in the case of Hearts or Partick Thistle – were unfairly relegated.
Celtic in contrast, were awarded a title despite not completing the season and were given the clearance by authorities to swan off to Dubai mid-pandemic.
McGregor tried to douse the flames by claiming that Lawwell was talking about the lack of fans rather than, well, like the very existence of the football club.
“I think in terms of actual performance, I think he was more talking along those lines in terms of having the fans and having the full stadium to roar the team on,” said McGregor [Glasgow Times].
“Maybe in that sense he means more in terms of performance.
“I think every team in the world has been affected financially with it and some more than others.
“But it’s a really difficult world we are living in just now and I think we just have to be as positive as we can – everyone try and help each other, and just a general message of trying to help each other get through this because it’s such an unprecedented time.
“Now we need each other more than ever, and I’m talking about humanity in that sense as well.
“I think the further we go into this everyone has been affected, some more than others, and like I said I think it’s more in terms of performance than other things.”
Everyone is in the same boat and Rangers fans won’t buy it as Celtic look to haul back some credibility after the last few weeks have turned into a PR nightmare.
The Ibrox supporters publicly railed against Lawwell for his comments as they called out the Celtic chief for his non-apology.