CALLUM McGREGOR reckons the disappointing scoreless stalemate against Hibs could be a point WON and not two dropped when the prizes are being handed out at the end of the campaign.
Celtic have been to Pittodrie, Ibrox and Tynecastle already this term and emerged victorious in all three encounters on dangerous territory.
That impressive sequence stalled at Easter Road at the tenth Premiership hurdle when a toiling Hoops side played with the handbrake on for most of the low-key confrontation.
BLACK LOOKS…James Forrest sees an effort go wide of the post with Hibs keeper David Marshall helpless in the closing moments of the goalless draw at Easter Road.
They sparked to life late on and James Forrest almost claimed the winner with a close-range shot that struck the crossbar with ex-Parkhead fans’ favourite David Marshall anchored to the spot. On another day, the veteran winger would surely have tucked the effort away.
Brendan Rodgers has yet to win at the Leith venue – this was his fourth attempt – and that miserable run wasn’t likely to come to a halt during a fairly unispiring display from his players who blew the chance of opening a 10-point gap on their nearest challengers who play Hearts at Ibrox this afternoon.
Skipper McGregor, who also failed to put his stamp on proceedings, attempted to put a positive spin on the blank scoreline when he said: “The tempo of the game wasn’t where we wanted to be in the first-half.
“However, in the last 25 minutes we were probably unlucky not to win, so it’s frustrating and disappointing in terms of the result.
“We hoped to nick it at the end and we pushed to get something. I actually felt the goal was coming. We had really pinned Hibs in and were creating crossing situations.
EYES ON THE BALL…Luis Palma and Hibs defender Lewis Miller in pursuit.
“We hit the bar from James Forrest, so we had that feeling that we were pushing and they weren’t getting much on the counter-attack. It felt like it was a matter of time.
“But it was one of those days when it wasn’t meant to be.”
McGregor, speaking to the Daily Record, added: “I don’t think it’s all doom and gloom. We have been to some really difficult places so far and got maximum points, so we are probably due one.
“If you look over the course of a season you probably drop points in one of these games.
“Of course, you want to win every game, but it could be a good point come the end of the season.”