Thursday 14 December 2017

Mowbray refusing to panic ahead of Celts' last throw of dice

Ben Rumsby

Tony Mowbray insists there is no "panic" at Celtic despite the club facing a battle to pick up any silverware this season.

Mowbray takes his side -- which includes new on-loan signing Robbie Keane, who's in line to make his Scottish Cup debut -- to Dunfermline tomorrow knowing his side's most realistic hope of winning a trophy this season is on the line.

Out of the Champions League, Europa League, Co-operative Insurance Cup and 10 points adrift of Rangers in the league, Celtic can't afford to lose at East End Park.

Although Mowbray acknowledged some fans will be worried by the club's results since he took charge in the summer, he insisted any doom-mongering is limited almost exclusively to the media.


"You're reading your own media, if that makes sense," he said. "My philosophy doesn't change. I bring a philosophy of what will bring long-term success.

"I don't see the panic, to be fair. I don't see the panic, I don't hear the panic, it doesn't interest me."

The Celtic boss confirmed fit-again midfielder Scott Brown would captain the side for the rest of the season, despite acknowledging concerns over his suitability for the role.

"You're not going to change his personality overnight," Mowbray said of the man he also managed at Hibernian.

"He has the potential for flare-ups, because that's his personality. He wants to win and he pushes himself really hard for that."

Mowbray did not consider Keane for the role, even though he believes the Tottenham striker is just the kind of character the dressing-room needed following the departure of a host of experienced players.

"He brings some personality," said Mowbray. "We've lost some personality over the last few months.

"Robbie's an experienced player; he brings a voice. He's a very good professional, works extremely hard in training, has got a great work ethic and does everything you ask of him."

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