DETERMINED skipper Scott Brown insists Celtic will cope without Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong in the Scottish Cup quarter-final against Dundee United at Tannadice on Sunday.
The £2million double-act, bought from the Tayside club in January, have made a remarkable start to their careers in Paradise, but, unfortunately, both are Cup-tied and will miss the opportunity of playing against their old mates at the weekend.
However, Brown is adamant the Hoops have the playing resources to triumph against Jackie McNamara’s men and make amends for Wednesday night’s reversal to St Johnstone – their first defeat in 11 games.
He said: “It’s a bit of pace out our team, but we have a big enough squad and we have people who would probably get a game for most Premiership teams, so it shows we’ve got a good squad and they will be wanting their chance to get a game.
“It’s going to be hard. We have played more games than anyone in the league, but we have a bigger squad than anyone else and we will use it wisely.
“Every game is important for us. It was the exact same last season and we were disappointed to go out the Cups so early.
“It was a learning curve on Wednesday night, and it shows it’s not all easy street for us, that we are going to win every game from now until the end of the season.”
The midfield dynamo added: “It’s always hard when a new manager comes in as he sets his way out of playing and adjusting to it takes a couple of weeks and months.
“Now we have done that we have no excuses, we need to be positive as possible and get back to winning ways.”
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