Scott Bain admits that it has been difficult for the Celtic players to deal with the criticism and negative messages that they have had to endure from some Celtic Fans who have been left frustrated by what has turned out to be a hugely disappointing season on and off the pitch for the club.
With Ten-in-a-Row on the horizon a series of unfortunate events combined with some dreadful displays and a bad run of injuries to see Celtic out of both European competitions – finishing bottom of the Europa League Group stages a year after topping a similar group, losing in the League Cup at Celtic Park to tomorrow night’s opponents, bottom of the table Ross County and through the stupidity of a winter trip to Dubai, showing away any chance of a second half of the season comeback in the league to hand the title on a plate to theRangers. Even they can’t blow it now, can they?
So no wonder the Celtic supporters have been left frustrated and disappointed, especially this season of all. And with no fans permitted at games – with 60,000 Celtic Supporters paying full price for their season tickets to help the club (is there an example anywhere else in the world of this remarkable backing for a club?) – fans have taken to social media and the occasional protest at the stadium to show the players, the management and the club what they are feeling.
“I think it’s difficult for the players and the staff. Previously, there have been nothing but good times, for a long time,” Bain said, as reported by Scottish Sun. “When things aren’t going your way, that’s when you really need the fans to stick with you, back you up and help you get out of those bad patches. It’s been difficult for some players in terms of how much criticism and negative messages they’ve got through this hard spell.
“It’s part and parcel and comes with the territory of playing for Celtic, I guess,” the current first choice Celtic keeper said.
“We all know football moves fast. If you’re not moving forwards the past gets forgotten really quickly and it’s all about the next game. The games come so fast one good result can be gone in a week.
“We want to do the best we can for the club and, although we’re not where we want to be, we need to keep showing there’s fight in us till the very end and it’s mathematically not possible.
“The drive has never been in question, the results haven’t been great at times this season, but we’ve always tried our best for the club.”