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  • Captain: We'll take point but we could have been better against Dons

    Captain: We'll take point but we could have been better against Dons

    By: Paul Cuddihy on 10 Mar, 2019 10:30

  • SCOTT Brown summed up the feeling amongst the Celtic squad when he described Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Aberdeen as ‘frustrating’.

    The Hoops re-established their eight-point lead at the top of the Premiership, with nine matches remaining, but they found Derek McInnes’ side a tough one to break down, with few chances created throughout the game.

    When they did, they found Aberdeen goalkeeper, Joe Lewis, in excellent form, denying Kristoffer Ajer in the first-half and Odsonne Edouard after the break, while the assistant referee’s flag denied Ajer a goal in the opening 45 minutes.

    Speaking after the game, Scott Brown said: “It was a wee bit frustrating more than anything. We made it into a bit of a battle and didn’t play our usual style. At the end of the day, though, it was a point and we’re sitting eight points clear at the top of the table. We’ve had a fantastic run in 2019 and this just continues the run.

    “It’s just about how we performed today. It wasn’t up to scratch. We didn’t create as many chances as we usually do and we didn’t get on the front foot from the start.

    “The gaffer’s been brilliant since he’s come in, he’s spoken very well. He’s been very positive and he’ll continue to do that. He wants us to lay the same style that we’ve been playing. He wants us to be direct and create chances and I think today it was a little bit sloppy from everybody, but as the manager says, it’s been a rollercoaster couple of weeks but hopefully that’s us now over that we’ll go again against Dundee.”

    Celtic will also be hoping to welcome back the likes of Callum McGregor, Ryan Christie, Tom Rogic, Olivier Ntcham and Filip Benkovic back into the fold over the next few weeks, and the Hoops skipper believes that they will give the squad a boost.

    “The international break is coming up as well and that gives the whole squad time to recover, especially the injured players,” he said. “Some of them have been fantastic for us over the past couple of seasons, so it will be good to get them back.

    “Nir Bitton has come back it and he’s been fantastic. It’s been difficult for him, being out for 10 or 11 months, and he’s played a few games in a row so I’m sure he’ll be feeling it over the next couple of days.

    “Ewan Henderson has been great when he’s played as well. There was a wee change of tactics at half-time. That wasn’t due to anyone’s performance, it was to try and get a different style into the game.”

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