By Emma Sanders
Callum McGregor has spoken out after suffering an onslaught of negative comments after he missed a glaring chance for Celtic during their 1-1 against Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League last Tuesday.
The midfielder bounced back from his disappointing European miss by creating the opening goal for Scott Sinclair on Saturday as Celtic finally broke down Inverness.
Sinclair put the hosts in front after 48 minutes following a delightful chipped pass from McGregor and Celtic went on to claim a comfortable 3-0 victory.
The 23-year-old admitted he was given extra motivation to perform well on the weekend after he was criticised heavily for his miss in Germany.
“It’s been hard for me. When you get in that position you try to finish – it didn’t happen – and then after that you hear people talking about it and you have to try to put it to the back of your mind,”said McGregor, as reported by the Daily Record.
“I know everyone was disappointed but no more than me. All I can do is take it in my stride and bounce back. It did fire me up for Saturday. It isn’t nice to have people speaking negatively about you so you have to use it and take that into the next game.”
McGregor has made 15 appearances for Celtic this season, helping his side reach the top of the Scottish Premiership with a commanding lead over Aberdeen and Rangers.
The Hoops are flying at the top and are now 11 points clear following Rangers’ surprising 1-1 draw with Ross County on Sunday afternoon.
They have not won a Champions League group game this season though but had chances during their draws against Borussia Monchengladbach and Manchester City.