McGregor in lie detector vow
Allan McGregor says he will undergo a lie detector test to prove he didn't aim his V sign at Scotland fans.
Last Updated: 30/12/09 10:43am
Allan McGregor insists his infamous V sign was never aimed at the Scotland fans and says he will undergo a lie detector test to prove that was the case.
Rangers goalkeeper McGregor is being lined up for a recall to the Scotland fold following the appointment of Craig Levein as coach to replace the sacked George Burley.
McGregor, along with former Gers team-mate Barry Ferguson, was told he would not play for his country again after making gestures during the World Cup qualifying win over Iceland in April.
The incident occurred after McGregor and Ferguson were dropped to the bench for the game and the keeper says he continues to regret his indiscretion.
The 27-year-old is adamant he will never do anything as 'stupid' again and has reiterated the gestures were never aimed at the Tartan Army.
Thrown to the wolves
"I'm not a bad guy - anyone who knows me will tell you that," McGregor told the Daily Record. "But that night at Hampden I felt I had been thrown to the wolves if I'm honest.
"The whole Boozegate thing had not been well handled and Fergie and myself felt we were being hammered for something others had been involved in.
"Then we had to sit there with 300 cameras pointing in our faces. And that's when it happened.
"It was an act of stupidity and I regretted it as soon as I saw the pictures the next day. In fact, I've regretted it every day since then.
"People think we hatched it between us in the dressing room as some kind of way of sticking our fingers up at the whole country.
"But that's honestly not the way it was. It happened at the spur of the moment when we were sitting there with all the cameras flashing.
"I can say this with my hand on my heart - the V signs were not meant for the Tartan Army or for all of Scotland.
"It was just a stupid, childish reaction to the situation we were in. If I had felt that way about the fans I would have walked out into the centre circle and stuck two fingers up there.
"What else can I say? I'd take a lie detector test if I could - that's how strongly I feel about it. I wish I could turn the clock back.
"We all make mistakes in life and I'll probably make a few more before my career is over. But I know I'll never do anything as stupid as that again."