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‘WE’RE NOT IN TOO BAD A PLACE,’ INSISTS CELTIC SKIPPER

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SCOTT BROWN has admitted he was “devastated” as Celtic staged an action replay of their last game against Rangers in 2018.

Twelve months ago, the champions went down 1-0 at Ibrox when Ryan Jack claimed the only goal of another frantic Glasgow derby encounter.

Now the Hoops skipper has gone through the pain of another loss against Steven Gerrard’s side after an abysmal performance yesterday with the visitors closing the gap at the top of the Premiership to two points with a deserved 2-1 victory.

The Govan outfit also have a game in hand, so Brown and his colleagues will have a lot to ponder when they take off for their winter training break in Dubai.

The 34-year-old midfielder, who was one of his side’s best performers on an afternoon when so many in green and white failed to turn up, told the Daily Record: “It’s always tough to take a defeat. We’re in the same situation we were in last year when we lost the game at Ibrox.

“I think everyone will have it in the back of their minds.

“We were sitting in that dressing room devastated, so you have to make sure you remember how you felt after those defeats.

“There hasn’t been that many, but sometimes you need that little kick to spark you into life again.

“We need to learn now, as that’s two games in a row now where they’ve probably outplayed us.

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“It’s all about how we come back now because the last time this happened we were over in Dubai and got a proper pre-season and it’s going to be similar to that.

“The main thing was we won the Final, we’re still top of the league. They’ve got a game in hand, but we’re not in too bad a place.

“It’s the performances against Rangers we need to make sure we improve on. For us, we know what we need to do and what we need to improve on.

“We’ll have a few days off before meeting up in Dubai and we’ll figure out how we’re going to play against Rangers the next time. We’ll bounce back.

“We’ve a game against Partick Thistle when we come back and that’s going to be hard for us.

“It was the same last year, we have to come back with a great attitude and in a better place.”

Rangers’ victory was their first at Parkhead since 2010 and Brown is convinced the team will recover.

He added: “Everyone expects us to win no matter what and that’s why I came here.

“You want to win trophies and dominate games and when it doesn’t happen you have to reflect on it, see how we played and how they played.

“You have to take it on the chin sometimes, as you’re not always going to play unbelievably well, it’s about our reaction as a team. It’s always a challenge for us no matter who we play. Everyone wants to beat us.

“We have a great record at home and we’ve now lost it. We don’t like it, but we have to make sure we start 2020 with a bang.”

 

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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