Mul­grew: We can only blame our­selves for de­feat in the derby

The Herald - Herald Sport - - WILLIAM HILL SCOTTISH CUP SEMI-FINAL - NEIL CAMERON

A DEV­AS­TATED Char­lie Mul­grew ad­mit­ted Celtic’s in­evitable league ti­tle won’t make up for what could be viewed as his club’s worst ever Old Firm de­feat.

Five in a row will be clinched soon enough but will there be a less-cel­e­brated cham­pi­onship in the club’s his­tory given every­thing that has hap­pened this sea­son.

Mul­grew knows that los­ing to a Rangers team from the lower leagues, prob­a­bly the only time it will ever hap­pen, is not go­ing to be forgotten any time soon. Or ever, if truth be told.

“We’ve lost an Old Firm game and noth­ing re­ally makes up for that,” he ad­mit­ted. “It’s done though and we need to con­cen­trate on the next thing now, which is win­ning games for Celtic and win­ning the league.

“This game will need to be put be­hind us and, as hard as it will be, we have to move on. We’ve got to try and win every­thing in this country and that was our aim to­day, to get to the fi­nal of the Scot­tish Cup.

“It’s al­ways a great day at the end of the sea­son, but we’ve not got that now. We’re gut­ted.”

Celtic were sec­ond best and that fact was writ­ten all over the faces of the play­ers as they emerged from the dress­ing room. None could quite be­lieve just how bad they had been.

“Ev­ery­one is just dev­as­tated,” said Mul­grew. “Our aim com­ing here to­day was to get into the fi­nal of the Scot­tish Cup. The fact it was an Old Firm game added an ex­tra edge to it and we’re dev­as­tated.

“We never played the way we could play and that’s the most dis­ap­point­ing thing. To lose it on penal­ties is just a fur­ther blow.

“There’s no worse or bet­ter time to win or lose th­ese games and so it’s just dev­as­tat­ing. There’s no sec­ond chances, we didn’t do it on the day and we can only blame our­selves. It’s up there with my low­est mo­ments in foot­ball.”

Mul­grew is still wait­ing to be of­fered a new con­tract by Ronny Deila. You would get long odds on the Nor­we­gian be­ing at the club longer than a player who has been a terrific ser­vant to the club.

When asked about Deila be­ing un­der pres­sure, Mul­grew said: “That comes with be­ing man­ager of Celtic, I’m sure he’s used to th­ese ques­tions.

“We take full re­spon­si­bil­ity, the play­ers on the pitch. We didn’t turn up as a team, we didn’t per­form.

“That’s life, it’s go­ing to take a lot to get over it but all we can do is look for­ward. What’s done is done.”

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