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  • Chris Davies salutes Celtic's spirit and unity

    Chris Davies salutes Celtic's spirit and unity

    By: Mark Henderson on 19 Dec, 2017 17:23

  • CHRIS Davies has hailed the team spirit and togetherness in the Celtic squad and expressed his utmost confidence in the players to embark on another winning run.

    After the Scottish treble-winners’ record-breaking 69-game unbeaten domestic record came to an end against Hearts at the weekend, elements of the team has come in for criticism, particularly the defensive department.

    But the Hoops assistant manager was adamant that everyone in the squad shared in the successes and setbacks as he put the defeat at Tynecastle in perspective, with the Bhoys still on track to meet all of their objectives in the current campaign.

    And when asked by the media today about bolstering the backline, the Englishman, while admitting the club would always look to strengthen the playing pool, praised the current crop of players for their incredible consistency.

    “What I will say we all share the successes together and that’s the culture here,” he said. “If you watch us when we win a trophy at Hampden, the manager gets everyone on to the podium. He gets the kit guys and the players who aren’t in the squad, he rounds up as many people as they can and they stand on the podium together and we are all up there and celebrating the victory and success together. That’s our culture.

    “The reason it happens is that we also share the setbacks together - we never say it’s so-and-so’s fault and point fingers at certain areas. The strength of our group is our spirit and that’s what has defined us.

    “There have been fantastic teams and players in Britain over the past 100 years, but we have made a difference in beating a record, and it wasn’t just quality players, quality attackers, who can score goals, a quality goalkeeper and central defenders  – it was our spirit and our togetherness.

    “Of course, we are looking at recruitment and where we can strengthen all over the pitch, but that isn’t our only priority, and we certainly support everyone who played in the game for us at the weekend.

    “You play at a big club you are going to be under scrutiny,” continued Davies. “The expectations here are huge and rightly so, and they can deal with that expectancy.

    “In every position there is that pressure to perform. There is going to be scrutiny on defenders when you lose a game by that scoreline. For us and for our mentality as a group, we are all in this together, and there is not one position or certain players who are responsible for our success or setbacks.

    “It’s so simple from my perspective. I look at it and we have lost one game in 70, and if you said that in isolation, there certainly wouldn’t be major repair work needing to be done.

    “The fact is we have had a really strong season and reached all our objectives in terms of staying at the top of the league and we are looking to extend that lead tomorrow night. We are in Europe after Christmas, which means qualifying for the Champions League first and then doing what we are doing, and we have also won a trophy. There is going to be no feeling of anything needs to change.

    “If we could revisit that game at Tynecastle, of course, we would want to be better and when we go there next time we will want to be better.

    “The manager came up here to dominate, to win trophies and dominate, and he and his team have won every trophy on offer so far, so credit to them for that.

    "I certainly didn’t envisage coming up here and saying we needed to break Celtic records, let along British records. We wanted to dominate, keep Celtic at the top and win trophies and that’s what we have been doing. There is no issue. We have a lot of confidence in the players and a lot of positivity for the future.”

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