Callum McGregor moves on from Kris Boyd’s mask comments

Motherwell v Celtic – cinch Premiership – Fir Park
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Callum McGregor admitted Kris Boyd’s comments about his facial injury did not look good but the Celtic captain has accepted the former Rangers striker’s clarification.

Writing in a newspaper column, Boyd expressed surprise that Rangers did not “test out” McGregor’s face mask during their 3-0 derby defeat last week.

Celtic stated on Friday that they were “addressing” the matter and Boyd subsequently denied that he had wanted McGregor to be deliberately hurt.

McGregor said: “When you first see the comments, it doesn’t make great reading.

“It doesn’t look good in that sense but it has been rectified since then and we have had a chat as well.

“So it’s put to bed now, it’s absolutely fine, we just move on. I think he recognises it was a poor choice of words in the beginning and, for me, that’s it.

“We have had a chat, we move on and it’s cool.”

Boyd had written: “Callum McGregor played with a fractured cheekbone. The fact he managed to get through the 90 minutes without anyone testing out that face mask is another story, but his commitment to the team was tremendous.”

The pundit later insisted he had “unequivocally” not meant to imply that he had wanted one of the Rangers players to “intentionally try and hurt the midfielder”.

“It was simply meant as a criticism of the Rangers players for their failure to get close to McGregor,” Boyd added.

McGregor made a surprise comeback against Rangers 11 days after breaking his cheekbone in two places in a collision with an Alloa player.

The 28-year-old also played with his mask on against Motherwell on Sunday as Celtic recorded a 4-0 win.

Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s cinch Premiership trip to face Aberdeen, the Scotland international said: “It’s getting better every game. It’s not too restrictive in that sense in terms of vision.

“It’s more getting comfortable and I’m getting used to it while I still need it.”

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