Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Celtic won’t be fretting over poor form: Mowbray

Tony Mowbray insists there is no “panic” at Celtic despite the club facing a battle to pick up any silverware this season.

Mowbray takes his side to Dunfermline in the Active Nation Scottish Cup tomorrow knowing his side's most realistic hope of winning a trophy this season is on the line.

Out of the Champions League, Europa League, Co-operative Insurance Cup and 10 points adrift of Rangers in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, Celtic arguably cannot afford to slip up at East End Park.

Although Mowbray acknowledged some fans will be worried by the club's results since he took charge in the summer, he insisted any doom-mongering is limited almost exclusively to the media.

“You're reading your own media, if that makes sense,” he said. “My philosophy doesn't change. I bring a philosophy of what will bring long-term success and continue down that road.

“When it's done, the evidence is there; it'll be in your face.”

He added: “I don't see the panic, to be fair.

“I get on with my job, build a team that will give us long-term success.”

When challenged that supporters were genuinely concerned about how the team have performed this season, Mowbray said: “I've got every respect for our fans; they're up there with the best in the world.

“And yet the manager of the football team can't listen to every fan because we've got millions of them all over the world.

“There'll be some fans who are not very happy, some fans who want change.

“But there are a lot of fans who I bump into on the street who say, ‘Keep the faith — it will come'.

“We get disappointed — hugely disappointed — when we don't win football matches.

“But there has to be a bigger picture of where we're taking this club and where we're going to be and the foundations that we put in place.”

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