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Mowbray: I'll change passing principles if needs be

Tony Mowbray insists he is not "blindly" wedded to his passing principles at Celtic.

Results have failed to match performances since Mowbray took charge at Parkhead in the summer, with the club already out of the Champions League, Europa League and Scottish League Cup, and are nine points off the pace in the Scottish Premier League.

Arch-rivals Rangers, meanwhile, have been grinding out matches of late to extend their advantage at the top of SPL table.

Former Hibernian and West Brom manager Mowbray claims he is trying to give Celtic an identity worthy of the club's heritage but insists he would not snub a more direct approach if the situation warranted it.

"For long-term success, you've got to carry a footballing philosophy through your football club," said Mowbray, whose side have drawn their last two SPL games. "The players must know what is expected and know the demands put on them every day in training and every day on the field. You don't throw that all in the bin if you draw a couple of games or lose a football match.

"I like to give my teams an identity and I think I've done that in the past.

"The Hibs team and West Bromwich Albion team were known as good a footballing team as there were in the division that they played in.

"West Brom still carry that along now. I watched them this week and the commentator was constantly talking about this great passing game. I'm trying to do that here (at Celtic)."

Celtic could find themselves 12 points adrift of Rangers by the time they take to the field at St Johnstone on Sunday.

Mowbray added: "The heritage and history of this club is they've tried to be entertaining, attacking, open, flair football teams.

"I haven't got a magic wand to change that overnight. It is the balance of winning titles, as the club have done over the past few years.

"But getting that balance of winning and entertaining at the same time, that's the process we're going through.

"That said, when you need to go direct in the last 10 minutes of a game and you need a goal and you have a 6ft 3in centre-forward, you put the ball in the box. I don't ever blindly stick to principles that we must pass, pass, pass right to the death."