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‘THAT WAS A GAME OF BASKETBALL,’ ADMITS A RELIEVED BROONY

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SKIPPER Scott Brown admitted the 4-3 defeat from Astana in Kazakhstan was an experience he wouldn’t like to repeat.
Celtic still managed to get through to the Champions League group stages on an 8-4 aggregate, but they had to endure some dodgy moments in a dramatic second-half.
Brown said: “The 4-3 was an exciting game for the neutral, but not so much for us.
“It was 19 to 20 shots  on target, so it was a game of basketball and that’s not like us.
“We’re usually very tight and we were a bit too open. I spoke to the manager at 4-1 and the message was to tighten it up and make sure we get through.

“We had to believe in ourselves and we’ve always got Leigh Griffiths who will score and Olivier Ntcham and Tom Rogic who can score at any opportunity.

“European football is never easy and to win 5-0 at home showed what we need to do because you never know what to expect away from home and Kazakhstan is always hard on an astroturf pitch.

“It’s a huge achievement to reach the group stage.

“The first game at Celtic Park was phenomenal for us, but not so good coming over here.
“However, we knew we would score goals and we were always going to make it hard for anyone we played.”

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