There’s still a lot for the Celtic squad to focus on over the coming weeks and it looks as though they are up for the challenge. With a new manager hopefully coming in soon and a Glasgow Derby to win if they are to retain the Scottish Cup, the team have plenty to play for.
They kept a clean sheet in Saturday’s win over Falkirk, which would have been a massive boost for goalkeeper Scott Bain.
Bain has been holding down the number 1 spot recently and he reckons the team are all pretty focussed despite the rumour mill now ramping up significantly regarding a possible Eddie Howe appointment.
As reported by the Daily Record, the Celtic star said:
“I don’t think we’ve been distracted by it. There’s been a lot of talk and speculation for a while now so it’s been going on in the background.
“It seems to be ramping up these last couple of days but it’s nothing we can control.
“We can only control what happens on the pitch and we’ve been working hard in training with John Kennedy and the coaching staff.”
Bain believes the pressure to perform is always there at Celtic
Bain does recognise that players will want to impress whoever eventually takes over at Parkhead, but reckons that the pressure to perform at a club like Celtic is always there, regardless of the managerial situation:
“You need to perform every week at this club regardless of the situation.
“But there is a little bit of added pressure. You want to put in good performances for whoever might come in if someone has been watching in the background.
“When you at Celtic there is always pressure on the performances because there’s always someone biting at your heels trying to take your place.”
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The team did look sharper against Falkirk on Saturday, linking play with quick one touch passes across the pitch for most of the game. A lack of finishing early on meant that it was in the second half that the first of the three goals hit the back of the net.
The overall signs were certainly positive though and if a new manager is named soon, it could very well help drive the team towards a fifth Scottish Cup in a row. The path to more history will not be easy though as they will face the Rangers in the fourth round of the competition.
At this point of time, it does look like Eddie Howe will be that man although there does not appear to be a timeline on when the appointment will be made, if it is indeed made. Even then, it is once again an exciting time to be a Celtic fan.