Celtic captain Scott Brown has opened up on the dressing room scene at Celtic Park following Sunday’s defeat to Rangers in the Scottish Premiership, The Scottish Sun report.
Despite looking so consistent for large parts of the season and throughout December, Neil Lennon’s fell short in one of the biggest games of his second spell to date.
A dreadful performance allowed Steven Gerrard’s team to capitalise and win 2-1, leaving Celtic fans aghast and, according to Brown, the players ‘devastated’.
That was his description of the dressing room after the game. However, he thinks the nature of the defeat could serve as motivation over the winter break.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “I think everyone will have this defeat in the back of their minds for a while. We were sitting in that dressing room and everyone was devastated. So you have to make sure you remember how you felt after these defeats.
“There haven’t been that many of those defeats, but sometimes you need that little kick to spark you into life again. Everyone here has done that, everyone expects us to win no matter what, and that’s why I came here. You want to win trophies and dominate games.
“When it doesn’t happen you have to go back, reflect on it, see how we played and how they played.”
Take it on the chin?
Due to the Tony Mowbray era, the concept of accepting defeat and ‘taking it on the chin’ is a well-mocked concept amongst Celtic supporters but Scott Brown is actually spot on here.
He’s recognised the result and performance was pretty horrendous all things considered but, as you’d expect, he’s refusing to throw in the towel.
If anyone, including Rangers, think that Celtic are going to meekly surrender in the second half of the season, they don’t know much about this Hoops team.
Thinking back to last year, we actually improved following a festive derby defeat, rather than regressed. Given the mentality this team have shown over the seasons, you’d expect the same to happen again.
Yesterday was hard to take and there’s been lots of blame passed around, but there’s no reason to fear what’s ahead. While there’s no room for complacency, we must also have trust in this unit to get the job done.