Celtic’s passionate captain Scott Brown has vowed that losing to Livingstone yesterday will give the Scottish Champions the push in the right direction they needed.
Celtic just couldn’t get to grips with a very tough Livingstone side that wouldn’t give the champions any chances to get back into the game.
Brown did make a very good point, last year there were reports that the Celtic team were done and past it as Rangers went top after win at Christmas time, but there’s a reason Scott Brown leads a champion side as they regrouped in January, got in a few loans to help with tired legs and completely changed the second half of the season to lift a third treble in a row.
“We always expect a reaction,” he said. “It’s disappointing, especially going into the international break when you have a couple of weeks until your next game.
“But sometimes it’s good for you as well. We’ve had a wake-up call before when we’ve lost the lead during the season and we’ve managed to bounce back.
“This team has that grit and willingness to win games. Today wasn’t our day, we didn’t perform as well. But it’s a long season and we know we can do better.
Brown added: ‘It was a hard day. Livi made it extremely difficult for us, they were very aggressive on the front foot and defended well and we didn’t play as well as we probably should have on the day.
“They are well organised and played really well. We didn’t play as well as we could have.”
The skipper also commented on Christie’s sending off:
Ryan is not trying to hurt anybody,” he said. “It’s not in his nature, he is a great lad, very honest and works as hard as anybody does in training.
“It’s one of those and we should try and dig him out a little bit more because of how well he has done for us this season. We’ve won with ten men before.
“But the late tackle over on the far side was a two footed lunge as well. At that time the game is gone, but you’ve got to be consistent.”