Date: 5th December 2017 at 6:41am
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Callum McGregor has hit back at accusations from Andy Rose that he dived to get a penalty.

The Motherwell defender led the hysteria last Wednesday as Celtic equalised with a late penalty at Fir Park to extend their unbeaten record.

Initial television coverage of the incident appeared to back up Rose’s view but that all changed when a camera behind the goal showed the defender barge in to the back of McGregor.

At the weekend Brendan Rodgers defended his players with McGregor yesterday breaking his silence.

Discussing the penalty he told The Sun: “I always try to be honest, that’s the way I’ve been brought up.

You could see from the reverse angle it was a penalty and the referee gave it, simple as that.

I’ve not read all the stuff about it. As far as I was concerned, I was fouled and it was a penalty.

If people want to question whether you are honest or not, that’s down to them but if you know the type of boy I am, you’d know I don’t go down too easily.

People want to talk about it, but the facts are there. It was a penalty. We got the draw and that’s it.

Motherwell will feel they were hard done by because they put so much into the game.

They probably thought they should have won. At the same time, we could have been two or three up. Overall a draw was probably the fair result.”

McGregor has already turned his attention to tonight’s Champions League tie with Anderlecht which gives Celtic the chance to qualify for the Europa League.

A repeat of his goal against Bayern Munich would be very welcome with the hoops favourites to win on the night after their 3-0 win in Belgium.

Moussa Dembele and Nir Bitton are back to full fitness but it’s unlikely that either will start the match.