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Monday 18 December 2017

i stand by my words: scott

Scott Brown is standing by his criticism of his Celtic team-mates following the shock 1-0 defeat by Hamilton at Parkhead in their last outing.

After the Hoops' first loss to the Lanarkshire club in 76 years which kept the champions in sixth place in the Scottish Premiership with 10 points dropped so far this season under manager Ronny Deila, the Celtic skipper said: "People were just hiding and it was disappointing to see and play in."

Charlie Mulgrew, who missed out on the game through injury, subsequently claimed that his team-mate might have been speaking in the heat of the moment.

However, the midfielder has had more than a week to mull over his comments while away on international duty with Scotland, where he starred in the 1-0 European Championship qualifying win over Georgia at Ibrox and the 2-2 draw in Poland.

And looking ahead to the trip to Ross County tomorrow, he refused to take the opportunity to retract his critique and claimed there was no problem in the dressing room.

CALMED DOWN

"I have definitely (calmed down) but I still believe what I said was right," he said. "I am not going to change my thoughts on getting beat and being angry.

"I said everyone was hiding, not just some. You have to be disappointed and have it in the back of the head that you could have done something better and as a team we should have done something better.

"The lads are all fine, there are no problems whatsoever.

"Sometimes the truth has got to come out and it is not always the best thing.

"But at the end of the day there are a lot of good players in that dressing room, they all talk and they all believe that we are a good team.

"They have faith that we can go up to Dingwall on Saturday, start well and create chances.

"There has got be to bravery on the ball. Everyone just has to work harder as a group.

"We have to press teams better, we've got to know when to close down and when to sit off.

"But we have been working on that on the training ground and had meetings about it so we have to look forward and be as positive as possible."

Asked if he had fired the Celtic players up, Brown replied: "We will see in the next few days, won't we?"

The former Hibernian player, however, believes there is now no one in the dressing room who is unaware of the high expectations at the club.

He said: "After Hamilton everyone knows that. They know they are at a big club like Celtic and we have to do better."

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