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Strachan feels pain of Celtic boss Mowbray

Gordon Strachan believes only Martin O'Neill and himself can empathise with under-pressure Celtic boss Tony Mowbray.

The Hoops travel to Rugby Park for the Active Nation Scottish Cup quarter-final tie with Kilmarnock 13 points behind Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders Rangers and knowing that the cup probably offers their only chance of glory this season.

After weeks of media attention on Mogga, as he is known at the Hoops, snapped at the pre-match press conference on Thursday accusing the press of “spin”.

Middlesbrough boss Strachan picked up six trophies in a four-year reign when he followed the equally successful O'Neill and he believes the internet has added to the pressures that his successor is currently having to endure.

“It's only Martin O'Neill and myself who can truly empathise with the Celtic manager because the internet and other outlets now are so huge and varied,” he said.

“It's maybe only since Martin's time in charge that it has got to be this huge monster.

“There are things which happen on the internet and in the media, and you have no real answer to them.

“You just have to sit back and accept it's there. There's no-one to sue a lot of the time.

“I would never go anywhere near this stuff. But it's not actually you that reads it on the internet, it's the media who see it there.

“They then bring things to the fore, leaving you to ask: ‘Where did that come from?'

“As Celtic manager, you protect yourself by ignoring it. That's all you can do.”

Strachan won the SPL title and the Co-operative Insurance Cup in his first season at Parkhead.

However, he needs no reminding of the tricky start to his Celtic career, which piled the pressure on his from the very beginning following O’Neill’s departure.

“I know what it can be like right at the start,” he said.

“We drew 4-4 with Motherwell a few days after losing 5-0 in Bratislava, and I don't know if you can get any lower than that.

“In these moments, as anyone will find, it determines your character as a manager.

“Early in your career as a player, you will get these moments where you think, this is as low as it gets.

“But you come back from it. Somehow you get up and go again. You also do that as a manager.”

Celtic midfielder Marc Crosas accepts the pressure that comes with playing for a top club, and in the Old Firm goldfish bowl.

The Spaniard said: “Of course we have the pressure on us but we always have that.

“When you play for Celtic you have the demand to win all of the games and to win trophies.

“The way it's been going this season, the cup is maybe the only chance we've got to win a trophy.

“So we will have to try and do our best to get to Hampden.”

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