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‘I’D TAKE ANOTHER PENALTY,’ SAYS CELTIC ‘CULPRIT’ McGREGOR

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CALLUM McGREGOR blew Celtic’s chances of taking the lead in last season’s Scottish Cup semi-final penalty-kick shoot-out against Rangers.
After the 2-2 deadlock following extra-time, the midfielder was presented with the opportunity to put the pressure on the Ibrox side.
However, his wayward effort crashed off the face of the crossbar much to the relief of Wes Foderingham and his team-mates.
Scott Brown and Tom Rogic also squandered their opportunities as Mark Warburton’s side edged into the Cup Final where, of course, they lost 3-2 to Hibs in dramatic circumstances.
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McGregor admitted, though, that his gaffe will not weigh heavily on his mind if he gets another chance to slot one home from 12 yards tomorrow.
The 24-year-old playmaker said: “It was a low day for the club, but you can draw on that experience because we’ve had that feeling as a squad and we don’t want it again.

“I always try and focus on the positives. Yes, I missed a penalty, but I wouldn’t shy away if it came round again.

“I would definitely take one again, it was a learning experience for me.

“We all felt terrible after the game, but you have to try and move on. It has made me a better player.

“The walk to and back from the penalty spot is pretty much as you can imagine.

“It wasn’t a great experience for us last year, but we are looking forward to putting it right. I picked my spot but got underneath it and it came off the bar.

“We probably had the better chances in the game and were a bit unlucky. Penalties are a bit of a lottery. Some people miss and some score.

“It was a horrible day for us. The feeling didn’t go away for a few weeks. That happens in football, you need to pick yourself up and move on.

“We will try to be more positive on Sunday, learn from those mistakes and get through.”
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