Evening Times

I’m ready to lead our charge to title glory, vowsdefian­t Robbo

- By MATTHEW LINDSAY

EU R O PA L e a g u e goal hero Barry Robson has vowed to shoulder the burden of helping turn Celtic back into the dominant force in Scottish football.

Hoops midfielder Robson netted a stunning free-kick in his side’s comfortabl­e 2-0 win over Israeli rivals Hapoel Tel Av i v a t P a r k h e a d o n Wednesday night.

The Scotland star believes the convincing triumph shows that Tony Mowbray’s men have overcome the poor form which saw them rack up just two victories in 10 games.

He is now determined for Celtic to go on a good winning run and, as one of the senior players in the squad, intends to p l ay a m a j o r r o l e i n t h e i r revival.

Robson said: “I have always been a player that likes to be vocal and I enjoy that. I just try to do my best for the team and show a good attitude.

“I hope that spreads throughout the side. If the game starts and someone gets after it, it shows to everyone that you’re there and you’re up for it.

“We have other experience­d players such as Gary Caldwell, S c o tt Mc D o n a l d a n d G l e n n Loovens and we will all try to help each other.”

He added: “It has been a good week and it is a happy place, but we are always positive and happy here.

“ We t r y t o w i n f o o t b a l l matches, so we need to stay upbeat and happy.

“We were playing really well at the start of the season, but, maybe a month or two ago, we went through a spell where we were performing quite poorly.

“Over the last month or so, though, I feel we have started to play much better, chances have started to go in and we have started to look more dangerous. We are starting to get back to where we belong.”

A v i c t o r y a t h o m e ove r Aberdeen this afternoon will maintain Celtic’s slender twopoint advantage at the top of the SPL if nearest challenger­s Rangers and Hibs also win their matches.

H oweve r, R o b s o n k n ows picking up all three points against the resurgent Dons will not be straightfo­rward as they deservedly beat the Gers, who still have a game in hand, at Pittodrie last Saturday.

“Ab e r d e e n h a d a b i t o f a sticky start, but I think Mark McGhee is now putting his mark on the team and they are looking better.

“Lee Miller is a handful up front, so we know they will give us a tough game. They’ll be organised and we’ll have to break them down.”

ROBSON revealed: “We didn’t worry too much about Rangers losing. “We need to make sure we’re winning football matches and focusing on what we can do.”

Meanwhile, Robson says he i s st i l l u n su r e i f h e w i l l b e Celtic’s designated free-kick taker – despite his fine effort against Hapoel.

For left back Danny Fox also fancies his chances and his teammate admits he could be better deployed elsewhere.

“I have always been on the free-kicks,” he stressed. “Foxy has had a couple of shots, but bear in mind I’ve been out for a while.

“Foxy tells me he had a great ratio when he was in England, but I haven’t seen much of it.

“He’s a top man and has a great left foot, though, so we’ll maybe have spells taking them and see how that goes.

“I still took free-kicks and scored free-kicks when Naka was here.

“Naka was probably in the top five in the world, you know. I’m in the top three!

“Seriously, when you’ve got players who can deliver a ball l i ke Na ka o r Foxy, yo u a r e sometimes better having someo n e b i g g e r l i ke m e i n t h e area.”

 ??  ?? Aiden McGeady leads the Hoops in a training routine ahead of this afternoon’s vital Parkhead clash with Aberdeen
Aiden McGeady leads the Hoops in a training routine ahead of this afternoon’s vital Parkhead clash with Aberdeen

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