Gary Caldwell has admitted that when he was at Celtic he was criticised by the fans on a regular basis. Therefore, he feels qualified on how to tell the current Hoops side how to deal with criticism.
The current Hoops side have been in the firing line since losing to Cluj and being taken to extra-time by Dunfermline.
Caldwell feels that you need to be ‘thick-skinned’ to deal with criticism from the support.
“When you play for Celtic, it’s just what happens. One bad result can bring the whole world down on top of you” he said, as reported by the Scottish Sun.
“Shrug off every bit of negativity”
“I remember what that can be like. I was criticised every week! You have to be thick-skinned and shrug off every bit of negativity that comes your way.”
What will be interesting is how the current Celtic side handle criticism from the support. They have only known success, winning the last nine domestic trophies in a row.
However, should the trend of poor results continue, then they are likely to find themselves subject to plenty of criticism.
Players can silence critics with good performances
Therefore, it is up to the players to answer that with some good performances. A win over AIK followed by a win over Hearts would get the club back on track.
That would silence the critics and allow the Hoops to move on. Caldwell’s comments are broadly correct. Hopefully the Hoops improve in the near future to ensure that any criticism comes to an end.