TOMMY WRIGHT told his players to get over their three defeats from Celtic, who he described as a far better team, and go and win they next game – at Ibrox!
And the rather shell-shocked St Johnstone manager left Celtic Park yesterday afternoon with everyone’s best wishes for that objective!
Looking back on the 5-0 thrashing from Celtic that put his side out of the Scottish Cup, Wright was disappointed but not disheartened.
“We made it hard for ourselves but we were beaten by the far better team,” he said.
“It’s disappointing, but my players can’t get too disheartened. They were beaten by better team the three times we’ve played them.
“But we need to make sure it doesn’t affect us going forward. I can draw a line under it, hopefully the players can draw a line under it as well.
“The beauty of football is that you have an opportunity to get back on track and we’ve an opportunity at Ibrox.
“We can’t let three defeats define our season and allow that to affect us.
“We are sitting sixth, we still have a helluva lot to play for, we are still in the box seat in terms of getting top six.
“There is no disgrace in being beaten by a team wiping the floor with everybody at the minute. They’ve just got better players and we have to accept that, draw a line under it and move on.”
His captain Joe Shaughnessy also spoke after the game, revealing that their plan was to hold the tie at nil-nil for as long as possible. Obviously that plan was well out of the window after ten minutes with the early Celtic goals from Scotty Sinclair and The Celtic captain Scott Brown.
“We gave ourselves a mountain to climb. We were left with too much to do after losing poor goals so early,” Shaughnessy said in the post-match media conference.
“That’s the hardest run we could’ve had but we can’t allow this result to affect our campaign.
“We’re still in a good position in the league so we’ll just move on and put this behind us. It’s disappointing to be out of the cup but we’ll put that behind us and look ahead to getting back to winning ways in our next game.
“Okay, it’s against Rangers at Ibrox but at least it’s a change from here!”
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