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BLACKETT’S CENTRAL HOPE

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TYLER BLACKETT, Celtic’s on-loan defender from Manchester United, hopes to become the centre of attraction at the champions.
The England Under-21 international made his debut at left-back in the 2-1 defeat from Aberdeen at Pittodrie

But he was at centre-half in the 1-0 win over Motherwell and is confident he is now ready to make a major impact – particularly if he can get a run in the team in his favoured defensive position.

 Blackett said: “I’m comfortable in central defence. I’ve played left-back previously, but I played at centre-back all of last season and have more experience there.

“My debut was a harsh early lesson. It was something I have to get used to about life in Scotland and Glasgow itself.

“It was something I was thrown into really and I didn’t have the best of games there.

“You look back on it and think of things which you could have done better, but you try not to dwell on it too much.

“There was some criticism, but you try not to pay attention to that sort of stuff. However, you do hear it and see it, take it on the chin and try to learn from it.

“The result wasn’t what we wanted on the day, but I have to get used to playing in those types of games.

“It does help that I have come from Manchester United, but everything is different at every club. You have to understand it and get used to it.

“We’ve got to get results. It’s the same everywhere, there is always going to be criticism, you have to take it, learn from it, and black it out at times.

 ”It’s difficult when we have not had a settled back four. We need time to get used to each other and how each other plays. Once we get that I’m sure the results and performances will improve.

“There’s competition for each place, but it is just about doing the best in training and, hopefully, getting picked on the day. If you do well then, hopefully, you stay in the team. We are just trying to do our best and see what happens.

“Against Motherwell, the whole defence and team played well. We all tried to do our best.

“We have had a good week training. Everyone has come back fit after the international break and we all just wanted to have a good game.

“And now we’re top of the league, we definitely want to stay there. That’s what we’re aiming for and what we have been aiming for since the start of the season. Everyone is pushing for the title and that is what we’re hoping we will achieve.”

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