MARK McGHEE has watched his Motherwell side concede TWELVE goals in their last two visits to Celtic Park.
And the former Hoops striker said: “We lost seven goals in the final league game of last season and we’ve lost five already in the League Cup in this campaign, so we’ve got a massive challenge ahead of us.
“We went there earlier last season and won, but it was a different Celtic mentality that was afoot then.
“I said it after we lost in Glasgow in August that a lot of teams will lose a few goals there this season. I think the average is about five, so in that sense we haven’t done too bad.
“Equally, we saw Celtic go to Barcelona and lose seven, so that was a lesson to them that there can be a difference in teams, even at their level.”
The Fir Park boss, preparing his side for tomorrow’s visit to his old haunting ground, added: “We’ve got to go there and we’ve got to find a way of making ourselves more difficult to beat.
“If we do lose, then it has to be better than in the last two games.
“We can also have a little bit in mind that we went there and won last season too, so who knows, but we do understand the difficulty of the task.”
When asked if he felt the gap was growing between Celtic and the contenders in the league, McGhee replied: “They have a bench now where recently Leigh Griffiths hasn’t been getting game time and any of us would jump at the chance of having Leigh Griffiths.
“I said to Leigh the other night when he went on to go and get us a couple of goals, but then tweak a wee hamstring. He said: ‘You don’t need to worry about me – you need to handle Moussa!’
“I have no idea what their budget is, but I’d say it’s at least 10 times what ours is, so they have a better opportunity to be better than us.
“But that was the same case last season, too, and we went there and won, so we have to cling to that.”