Scotland and Celtic star Callum McGregor and James McFadden had a scuffle after the nation’s 3-0 disgrace at the hands of Kazakhstan.
It seemed an odd incident at the time. McGregor appeared to push the Scotland number two out of the way in a bit of a run-in. With tempers flaring high, it would’ve been assumed in some quarters that this was just frustration at the result.
But, according to the Scottish Sun, McGregor was actually angry with Manchester United ace Scott McTominay. The United man ran up the tunnel at full-time, as opposed to applauding the visiting fans.
This apparently enraged McGregor, who went on a charge after him. This appears to have been when he ran into McFadden. With emotions clearly running high after a shocking defeat, McGregor was clearly upset.
McGregor and McFadden seemed to discuss the issue a tad. According to the Sun, several of the other Scotland players noticed it too.
McGregor simply being a captain
When McGregor was given the captaincy, he couldn’t have envisioned this. It’s been a night to forget for him and the rest of the Celtic boys with Scotland.
But, he can at least hold his head high when it comes to this incident. Former Scotland captains such as Billy McNeil, Davie Hay, and Danny McGrain wouldn’t have let McTominay away with it either. It says a lot about McGregor’s character that this angered him, and being a captain, he clearly knew it was his responsibility to take action.
The cynics will say he could’ve have a word with McTominay up the tunnel. That there was no need to make a public show of it. But McGregor has every right to pull him up in front of the watching Scotland viewers.
If this is why McGregor and McFadden had their post-match scuffle, then fair play to the Celtic man.
It’s unlikely McGregor keeps the armband – the score certainly doesn’t help either. Scotland face San Marino on Sunday, with regular captain Andrew Robertson well in contention for it.
It was a night to forget for Scotland the Celtic boys. But, McGregor showed the actions of a captain at the end of the game, and he can be proud of himself for it – if not the performance itself.