SCOTT BROWN looked back over the events of the weekend and while disappointed that Celtic dropped two points at home to Aberdeen, thus surrendering their 100% home record in domestic football this season, the lead at the top of the table from nearest challengers remains the same – with one more game ticked off as Celtic close in on the title.
Celtic have been without the likes of Tom Rogic and Olivier Ntcham this year and that has been followed up by the more recent loss of both Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor and that’s a considerable amount of footballing talent for Celtic’s midfield to cope with.
And Brown pin-pointed the loss of McGregor as being particularly significant in his post match press interviews.
“I think any player would miss having Callum in there. He has been exceptional for us over the last two or three seasons,” the Celtic captain noted.
“His work rate is phenomenal and he just gives us so much in terms of being able to pick out a pass or score a few goals himself. He is a quality player and getting him back into the team should give everyone a bit of a lift.”
Celtic have a trip to Dens Park this weekend before the first international break kicks in. For some Celtic stars, like perhaps McGregor, this will give him a chance to get fully up to speed for the title and Scottish Cup run ins but for a veteran like Broony, it’s a chance to put his feet up and take a well deserved rest.
“The international break is good for me to get a wee break but for the likes of Callum who have missed games lately then it is a chance to go and get up to speed which helps everyone,” Broony said.
Then it’s going to be back to the real action for the Celtic support with our only other game in March – against the Rangers at the end of the month. But three points at Dundee before all of that happens is the biggest priority for the Celtic captain who is happy to take one game at a time.
“Every game is important for us now,” he said. “We were disappointed to drop points against Aberdeen on Saturday but we have had a good run at it and it is about making sure that we dust ourselves down and get ready to go again.
“It was disappointing that we never found our fluency at any point against Aberdeen but I don’t think we can dwell too much on it.”
Broony also spoke about how well he believes that Neil Lennon has done since coming back to the club as Interim manager to see the season through and then maybe to get the job on a full-time basis.
“He has been great. It wasn’t easy for him either being thrown into the situation like that but I think he has done fantastically well. He wants us to keep the same philosophy that we had under Brendan and they are two attacking coaches.”
Scott Brown and Neil Lennon have been over the course so many times and knows exactly what it takes to win the title, so we are in safe hands folks!
“People can look at the table and think it is done but for us there is no way we ever look at it like that,” Broony stated.
“We take it game by game and look to win every game that we play in.
“There is a lot of football to be played still so there is no way that we will let our guard down now.”