DEVASTATED Callum McGregor summed up Celtic’s shocking display in the 4-1 loss to Sparta Prague in one word – EMBARRASSING.
The Hoops midfielder toiled along with his team-mates as the second-string Czech outfit ran amok at Parkhead to almost certainly end Neil Lennon’s side’s hopes of run in Europe beyond Christmas.
McGregor acknowledged the performance was totally unacceptable as the team flopped spectacularly for the third time on the trot at Parkhead with Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox outfit and AC Milan also inflicting pain in recent match days in the east end of Glasgow.
The Scotland international, speaking to BT Sport, said: “You can’t lose 4-1 at home, it’s embarrassing. I’m devastated. It’s really difficult to put into words how bad it was.
“We think we learn our lesson by going to Lille and getting a good result and we’ve all to play for in the group.
“But then you cannot perform at this level or else you’ll get done.The second-half we started a little bit better and we got the goal.
OH NO…Mohamed Elyounoussi’s woe after hitting the crossbar.
DOWN AND OUT…Tom Rogic is grounded after a foul.
“But then we have to join the performance up, but then we’re so disjointed it’s unbelievable.
“We’ve got half the team trying to score, but we’re also two for two at the back. You can’t do this at this level, you get picked off.
“I’m not sure why this has happened, it’s so disappointing. First-half, we absolutely killed ourselves. We started really poorly.
“We were two goals down and had to chase the game. It’s one of the really tough results for me. You just perform so badly when there was all to play for.
SINKING FEELING…Diego Laxalt and Mohamed Elyounoussi come off at the interval with Celtic trailing 2-0.
“We’ve now lost two out of three and now we need to win all three games to qualify.”
The Hoops have now won only one of their last six outings – the 2-0 Scottish Cup semi-final over Aberdeen on Sunday – while conceding FOURTEEN goals in the process.
The nine-in-arow champions now have a crucial league game against Motherwell at Fir Park to confront and McGregor added: “It’s a big shock, but we have to dust ourselves down and go on Sunday.
“We’re just not performing consistently enough and that’s the really disappointing bit.”