SCOTT BROWN admits Celtic have already analysed their failings in the 2-1 loss to Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox side yesterday and will now regroup and come back stronger in 2020.

The Hoops skipper acknowledged the visitors fought hard for their win which closes the gap at the top of the league to two points with the Govan men having a game in hand.

The eight-in-a-row champions were strangely subdued in a crucial encounter where they could have moved eight points clear with a win.

Reflecting on the team’s first home defeat of the campaign, Brown, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “They closed the middle of the park and we couldn’t get our wingers into the game.

“The lads want to win trophies, everyone wants to win trophies and we’ve done it for the last 10 trophies on offer.

“We need to play better and move the ball quicker and we didn’t create enough chances.

“We had a couple cleared off the line we were unlucky with and we missed a penalty, as well. These things happen and it’s now about how we bounce back.”

Celtic will regroup with injured stars Mohamed Elyounoussi and Hatem Abd Elhamed coming back into the reckoning.

Brown expects new faces to arrive in the January transfer window and Neil Lennon has already admitted he needs a new striker as back-up for Odsonne Edouard with Leigh Griffiths and Vakoun Issouf Bayo contributing only four goals between them in the first six months of the season.

The 34-year-old midfielder, one of the side’s best players on the day, added: “The signings last January were a boost. Definitely and especially the signings again the summer. Big Fraser Forster has been unbelievable and Jeremie Frimpong has been great.

“We’ve got players coming back to fitness. I’m sure the gaffer will want to strengthen the squad, but we’ll have to work with what we’ve got until then in Dubai.

“It wasn’t our best performance, we know that, but the main thing is we’re still top of the league.”


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