Scott Brown was left hurting after Celtic’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Rangers at Parkhead and made a vow heading into the winter break.
Celtic fans will surely be hurting following Sunday’s defeat in their own backyard against Steven Gerrard’s Rangers in what was an uninspiring performance from the Hoops. And one man who will be hurting more than most is Celtic captain, Scott Brown.
A veteran of many derbies, Broony has been on both sides of the coin. But yesterday’s defeat at Celtic Park was a rare event for even a man with his experience. It was the first time that the Hoops lost against Rangers at home since 2010 and it was a terrible way to close out a decade that has brought enormous success.
The team will have a few weeks off in Dubai as they reflect on the result. And they will surely be planning to come out all guns blazing when the season resumes in mid-January. At least that’s the sentiment Brown echoed following Sunday’s defeat.
Speaking with the Daily Record, the Celtic captain said:
“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.”
Unfortunately, Sunday’s defeat cannot be brushed off as an off-day at the office. This was the second time that Rangers completely outplayed Neil Lennon’s side in the space of a month. Fortunately at Hampden Park there was Fraser Forster to save the day. But the Hoops cannot depend on such heroics whenever the derby comes around.
Now, it is down to the board to strengthen in January so that we do not have to witness a repeat of yesterday’s toothless performance anytime in the near future. With nine-in-a-row on the line, we cannot afford to take any risks. It is time to bring out the cheque book!