Scott Brown has given us an honest answer as the Celtic captain states he will have no problem if Neil Lennon has to rest him going into tomorrow’s game against Motherwell.
There’s no denying it, this Celtic squad are on a horrendous run of form and something needs to change, the Hoops captain admits that he’s here to play as a team and if the gaffer decides to bench him then so be it, he also states that he’s always there if Lennon should need him.
This is what you love about Broonie, the man will do anything for the club and it’s good to hear that he understands that there will be games this season that he’ll need to sit out.
After that embarrassing loss to Sparta Prague, Neil Lennon must take the chance of upsetting a few so called stars and benching them, we feel that some of those players think they are instant starters regardless of how badly they perform.
“Don’t worry about me, I just keep going on,” Broony told the media yesterday, as reported by Glasgow Times. “If the manager needs me, I’m there for him. If he needs to rest me, if he needs to play someone else, then I’m old enough and ugly enough to deal with it.
“I do whatever’s best for this team. Don’t you worry about myself or me listening to anyone else. I just worry about the team performance, it is not about individuals that you like to come after.
“For us it is all about us sticking together, not listening to the media, not listening to anything else, just worrying about ourselves.”
“It’s not been something that we’ve been used to, but it is what it is,” Broony admitted. “We have to make sure that now we can’t worry about what has happened in the past. We need to kick on now and we need to make sure we look into the future and we start playing as quickly as possible, and we keep clean sheets.
“We work extremely hard, the coaches and everyone puts sessions on for us, and we just don’t seem to be doing it together as a team, so now there are no excuses.
“We need to start defending as a team – and that goes from the front all the way through to the back,” the Celtic captain stated. “I think for us it’s just about working hard. We have to make sure we do what we did last year, especially the second part of the season we came really good.
“But we can’t rely on the second part of the season coming because who knows what’s going to happen in the future. But now we have a game on Sunday that we have to look forward to.
We have to make sure we have a huge performance,” the Celtic captain said.
“We owe that to the manager. He’s always there fighting for us, taking the heat for us, but now it’s our turn to take the heat for him and we have to come out fighting for him.”
“The Sparta performance was terrible – and that was from start to finish. That’s on the lads, it’s on nobody else. It is about people sitting in the stand, it is about those that are on the park.”
It’s an honest admission from our leader and we can respect that, tomorrow is the time to prove it and let some of the other players get a chance to change it around.
Players such as Turnbull and Griffiths should be starters and I’d even go as far as saying Duffy should be benched for Elhamed or Welsh.