Yesterday, Callum McGregor sat in front of the media to launch his book. His book, right? It was damn all to do with the team itself, or the fixture list, or anything of that nature.
It was certainly nothing to do with the club across the road.
Yet today he’s being praised for his “diplomatic” answer to a question about whether or not he thinks Scottish football will benefit from having them join us in the Champions League.
I absolutely agree that he handled it with great diplomacy.
In his shoes, I would have given that a two word response and the second would have been “off.”
Why in God’s name was the guy asked a question like that in the first place?
It’s ridiculous, it’s some hack who was desperately fishing for a controversy, and Callum would have been well entitled to remind him why they were there and invite him to beat it.
Their European run has no bearing whatsoever on the story of Callum McGregor or his book. That question was not just idiotic but a colossal show of disrespect on the part of whomever asked it.
It betrays a certain contempt for the occasion and for Callum’s achievement.
Yeah he handled it diplomatically.
He didn’t even state what is obvious to all of us and certainly is obvious to him; that the idea it “benefits Scottish football” to have them in the Groups is deserving of nothing but derision. It benefits Ibrox, only Ibrox.
The whole narrative about the “benefits to the game” is wholeheartedly dishonest, and so the person who asked that question must have known that too.
Our captain showed amazing restraint in treating that question with even token respect.
It is more than the person asking it extended to him.