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McGregor determined to bounce back from humiliation

By Ronnie Esplin

Callum McGregor accepted the ribbing from his Celtic team-mates for being a substituted substitute but hopes to be in manager Ronny Deila's plans for the trip to Partick Thistle today.

The 21-year-old midfielder replaced the injured Anthony Stokes after just nine minutes at home to Ross County on Saturday before he was taken off after 67 minutes for Kris Commons, as Deila tried to find a way to break down the Staggies defence during the Scottish Premiership draw.

Ahead of the match at Firhill, where the champions could start the game in second place if Aberdeen win against St Johnstone, McGregor acknowledged what is usually an embarrassing scenario for any player but vowed to battle to regain a place in the starting line-up which he enjoyed regularly earlier in the season.

"Some of the boys were having a laugh about it on Tuesday morning so I am trying to take it in good spirits and will keep working hard to be in his plans," he said.

"Obviously it was a bit disappointing to be a substitute then taken off again. It would have been a bit different had I been on for five minutes and taken back off. I played about an hour so that's not bad.

"I was a little bit surprised but it is the manager's decision, he felt it was best for the team at the time so ultimately I have to respect that and so that is fine by me."

Rangers midfielder Lewis Macleod has completed his move to SkyBet Championship side Brentford in a £1m deal.

The Gers were forced to off-load their best player as their financial woes continue to deepen.

The club need £8.3million before the end of the season - despite recently borrowing £3million from another shareholder, Mike Ashley. And the chairman of Laxey Partners says he sold his stake in Rangers to the "Three Bears" in order to let the Ibrox support take on Ashley.

The Isle of Man investment group firm was the largest shareholder in the club but has now sold its 16 per cent stake to a consortium made up of Douglas Park, George Letham and George Taylor in a deal worth almost £2.7m.

And now Laxey chief Colin Kingsnorth has revealed he handed the trio the 13.3m shares the firm has built up since December 2012 in order to halt Ashley's Ibrox takeover.

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