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Monday 18 December 2017

Brown wants Cup win for Celtic as antidote to Paris

Celtic skipper Scott Brown
Celtic skipper Scott Brown

Celtic skipper Scott Brown is looking to Sunday's Betfred Cup final as an antidote to the painful 7-1 thrashing by Paris St Germain on Wednesday night.

The Hoops suffered at the hands of the big-spending French club for the second time this season in their Champions League campaign.

A 5-0 defeat on match day one at Parkhead almost paled into insignificance at the Parc des Princess after French striker Moussa Dembele had dramatically put the Scottish champions ahead inside a minute.

Doubles from Neymar and Edinson Cavani plus goals from Kylian Mbappe, Marco Verratti and Dani Alves made it five Group B wins out of five for the Paris side who took their goals tally to 24, a record in the group stages.

Brown, disappointed as he was, is looking to end the week by lifting silverware against Motherwell at Hampden Park.

"You have to try to take the positives out of every result but once you look at the scoreline nobody really cares about any of the positives," the midfielder said.

"But it is about how you bounce back and we have a huge game on Sunday.

"We need to make sure we go full steam ahead and hopefully be lifting that cup at the end of it."

Celtic's final Group B fixture is against Anderlecht in Glasgow next month.

The third-placed Parkhead club lead the Belgian side by three points following a 3-0 away win in Anderlecht and are well-placed to clinch a Europa League spot.

The Scotland skipper insists Europa League football after Christmas was the more realistic aim when they were drawn in a group which included PSG and German giants Bayern Munich, who also beat the Scottish champions home and away.

"At the start you would have taken European football (after Christmas)," he said.

"Everyone knew it was going to be a hard one for us.

"But the 3-0 away to Anderlecht is great for us and puts us kind of where we wanted to be and now it is in our hands."

Celtic lost 7-0 to Barcelona in the Nou Camp last season but Brown believes PSG are better. "That is the best team I have ever played against," he said.

  • Celtic v Motherwell, Sunday, Live BT Sport (kick-off 3.0pm)

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