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Mowbray makes stand over 'row'

Tony Mowbray ended another demanding week as Celtic boss by reiterating his admission that he does not enjoy the job.

While continuing the search to add to his squad before the transfer window closes, the Hoops boss became embroiled in something of a saga concerning Scott Brown after it was reported he had told the midfielder that he wanted to sell him.

The former Hibernian and West Brom boss spent most of yesterday's press conference at the club's Lennoxtown training centre stressing that he did no such thing, as opposed to focusing on tomorrow's trip to St Johnstone in the Scottish Premier League.

Mowbray's exasperation about certain parts of his role came to the fore again as he said: "I said to you a few weeks ago, this job is not a job I enjoy.

"Do I have fun? No. I come to work, I work as hard as I can and I don't cut corners. I am as professional as I can be.

"I talk to my players -- believe it or not -- and put together a team to win football matches, and just keep going."

Mowbray reiterated his stance on the Brown matter, saying: "The bottom line is I am a guy of integrity and honesty. My whole life is about the way I live it.

"I understand the vagaries of journalism but (if) you push me into a corner and write something that just didn't happen -- sometimes you have to make a stand. Fact.

"I don't like it when I see things printed that never happened. I think it's right that we take a stand against that. The daft thing about it is that there are so many grey areas.

"Do I talk to my players? Every day. It's my job to talk to footballers.

"Was there a meeting at Christmas time telling him (Brown) he could go? Never. He didn't misunderstand me.

"It was a total mistruth and I think the club and myself have made that pretty clear. It's not disruptive because it's not true."

Meanwhile, the club have agreed a fee with Brondby for Denmark striker Morten Rasmussen.

Personal terms have yet to be sorted, however, with no further developments now likely on the matter until next week.

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