Callum McGregor was asked about the Peter Lawwell address to Celtic supporters in a press conference today.

Celtic published a video apology to fans for the Dubai debacle earlier this week.

It didn’t go down well with many. The Green Brigade even referenced the lacklustre interview with club media man Gerry McCulloch in a protest statement earlier.

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One of the more criticised comments from Lawwell was his belief that the ongoing pandemic may have affected Celtic more than any other club.

McGregor was asked about the Chief Executive’s comments by journalists earlier this afternoon.

Speaking on the club’s official YouTube channel, he said: “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. Maybe in that sense he means more in terms of performance.

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“I think every club in the world has been affected financially with it and some more than others. It’s a really difficult world we are living in just now. 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. The comments, I think it’s more in terms of performance than other things.”

McGregor speaks well; Lawwell still wrong

As always, McGregor spoke well on a number of Celtic topics today.

The future captain was hardly going to explosively disagree with his Chief Exec. I did get the sense from his comments he was trying to reframe what Lawwell may have meant on Tuesday.

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Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor addressed comments from Peter Lawwell / (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

It was clumsy of Lawwell to speak about the pandemic in such terms when teams have been relegated, others are in financial peril and football under the Scottish Championship has been cancelled.

I get that Celtic thrive off the passion of the crowd, but the pandemic is a flimsy excuse for the disaster that has been this season.

In other news, Gavin Strachan has confirmed the timeframe for the return of Celtic stars and coaching staff.

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