Lincoln City star Chris Maguire has caused a stir in League One after celebrating a goal against his former club Sunderland by gleefully cheering in the face of ex-boss Lee Johnson – in a move that fans have called an ‘ultimate s***housery’.
The Glasgow-born winger, who made 125 appearances for the Wearsiders from June 2018 to July 2021, was ousted from the club under the supervision of Johnson despite being a regular in the League One side.
The winger was fit from March of last season after recovering from injury but didn’t start a game from December onwards as his career slowly grew to a halt.
He played just 85 minutes of game time in the final 11 games of the League One season under Johnson before joining Lincoln in the summer.
And after scoring a superb goal against his former side at the Stadium of Light, Maguire ran up to the dugout and celebrated in Johnson’s face in a defiant act of what fans have dubbed ‘s***housery’.
Maguire scored his first goal of the season against MK Dons on Boxing Day in a 3-2 home loss to the promotion-chasers.
And having faced Sunderland for the first time since his departure in the summer, it felt as though fate had decided he would score against the north east side.
A sweetly struck shot ensured that would happen after the pair had a falling out over Maguire’s game time towards the end of last season.
Back in April, Johnson detailed the reasons why Maguire was failing to secure game time at the League One giants.
“There’s a lot of competition [for places], and fans have the right to air whatever their feelings are,” Johnson said in April.
“If it wasn’t Chrissy [Maguire] it might be Aiden McGeady for example, or if it wasn’t Aiden McGeady it might be Jack Diamond, or if not him then Jordan Jones.
“Inevitably, decisions have to be made and you stand or fall by those decisions.
“That honesty with Chris pretty much started going into the transfer window, where we actually allowed him to seek pastures new if he could find a loan or something that worked for him.”
Sunderland currently sit second in the table, although even a point against Lincoln would take them above Rotherham and to the summit.
The Wearsiders were relegated to the Championship in 2017/18 after winning just seven games in their first season in the second tier for ten years.
Lincoln sit 19th, although a win would take them into 16th.