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Celtic skipper Brown looks for silver lining after European agony

By Ronnie Esplin

Celtic skipper Scott Brown is looking to Sunday's Betfred Cup final as an antidote to the painful 7-1 thrashing by Paris St Germain on Wednesday night.

The Hoops suffered at the hands of the big-spending French club for the second time this season in their Champions League campaign.

Brown, disappointed as he was, is looking to end the week by lifting silverware against Motherwell at Hampden.

He said: "You have to try to take the positives out of every result, but once you look at the scoreline nobody really cares about any of the positives.

"It is about how you bounce back and we have a huge game on Sunday.

"We need to make sure we go full steam ahead and hopefully we'll be lifting the cup at the end of the match."

Celtic's final Group B fixture is against Anderlecht in Glasgow next month.

The third-placed Bhoys lead the Belgian side by three points following a 3-0 away win in Anderlecht and are well-placed to clinch a spot in the Europa League.

The Scotland skipper insists Europa League football after Christmas was the more realistic aim when they were drawn in a group which included PSG and German giants Bayern Munich, who also beat the Scottish champions home and away.

"At the start you would have taken European football after Christmas," he said.

"Everyone knew it was going to be a hard one for us.

"The 3-0 win away to Anderlecht was great for us and puts us where we wanted to be and now it is in our hands."

Celtic lost 7-0 to Barcelona in the Nou Camp last season but Brown believes PSG are better.

"That is the best team I have ever played against," he said.

"I played against Barcelona in their prime but PSG have pace everywhere, they are creative and look like they are going to score a goal in every attack.

"That's what you get when you pay the top quality money they have paid.

"They were phenomenal over both games but it is a learning process for us."

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon also described PSG as the best team he has ever faced, and insisted there will be no problem with motivation for Sunday's final.

He said: "It's a cup final. We will take stock over the next few days and get back into training.

"There is no need to lift us for anything, it's a cup final and we want to win it so that won't be a problem. We came into this in pot four so if we can get out of the group in third place then we have achieved better.

"So I don't think we should be too despondent.

"If we can stay in European football beyond Christmas then we have done a good job."

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