"Losing makes them dangerous"; Motherwell star wary of Celtic reaction to St Mirren nightmare
Motherwell defender Matt Penney has noted his concern of a likely Celtic reaction to their 2-0 defeat to St Mirren when the Steelmen come calling at Celtic Park on Saturday.
Motherwell were on the receiving end of a comprehensive defeat of their own before the international break, losing 3-0 at home to Hearts despite dominating for much of the match, with Penney playing the full 90 minutes against the Jambos.
Whilst his team will be looking for a reaction of their own, the 24-year-old on loan from Ipswich is acutely aware that Ange Postecoglou‘s side will be desperate to put things right at the weekend after their defeat in Paisley.
As reported by The Daily Record, Penney said: “We lost 3-0 but Celtic have lost as well so there are lots of twists and turns. It’s still early in the league, there’s still lots of games to play, and it’s a tough fixture, but I’m confident we can go there and get a result.
“With the way we played against Hearts, if we can sort those details out there’s no reason why we can’t go to Celtic and put a performance on there, and put our foot down on the league.
“It will be a great game for the neutral, but with the boys in the changing room and the manager there’s no reason why we can’t go there and get a result.”
“Losing makes them dangerous, they’re going to have a point to prove, but then so do we.”
Two sides looking to respond to recent defeats
Whilst Celtic’s shock defeat in Paisley was unsurprisingly well-covered, Motherwell’s 3-0 reversal to Hearts went slightly under the radar, with the Steelmen battering their clinical opponents and falling victim to some profligate finishing.
Despite sitting 8th in the table, and now going three league games without a win, they’ll likely be relatively content with their league performances after their pre-season preparation was marred with the departure of Graham Alexander on the eve of the new campaign following a humiliating European exit to Sligo Rovers.
Celtic will of course be looking to make sure that run extends to four, restarting a streak of their own after St Mirren administered the Hoops’ first league defeat in almost a whole year, stretching back to Livingston’s 1-0 win at the Toni Macaroni stadium in September 2021.
Postecoglou will doubtlessly be making sure his team know that they’re in for a tough fixture, and will be made to work if they’re to maintain their two point lead at the summit of the Scottish Premiership.