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I’ve never played in such a good Celtic team: Brown

Scott Brown moved to allay growing fears among Celtic fans by claiming he is part of the best Hoops squad he has known during his three-and-a-half years at Parkhead.

Neil Lennon's side have drawn their last three home games against Dundee United, Inverness and Kilmarnock to remain two points behind Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders Rangers having played a game more.

“I think this squad is the best squad that I've been involved in,” Brown said.

“We just haven't managed to see people off. We went two-nil up against Inverness and then lost a couple of slack goals.

“It was a disappointing 1-1 result against Kilmarnock but never mind, there is still a long way to go in the season.

“It is not too much (of a concern), as long as we are playing well and creating chances then we will eventually gel.

“If you look at our squad now it's quite strong. If we go into January with the same squad we have a good chance.

“Hopefully we can get a wee bit of luck ourselves and turn things around and hopefully I will get a few more minutes on the park.

“But the guys have been playing quite well recently so I will have to take my chance when I get it.”

And his view that Celtic’s demise has been greatly exaggerated has been echoed by Rangers skipper David Weir, who is not bothered about Celtic's form.

However, Weir, 40, pointing back to the Ibrox club's draw at Inverness in their last outing, insists it is far too early for anyone to be drawing conclusions.

“I don't think we are pulling away,” said the Gers defender. “Our last result wasn't too clever either.

“I think there is still a lot of work to be done by us.

“We dropped points in the last game we played and, if you look at the bigger picture, you have to give credit to the other teams, Inverness, Hearts, Kilmarnock, Hibs, who have took points off the Old Firm.

“I think everyone on either side of the Old Firm will agree that there is the possibility of losing points in every game.”

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