Sce­povic to for­get poor first sea­son and ‘adapt’

The Herald - Sport - - FOOTBALL - MARK WALKER

CELTIC striker Ste­fan Sce­povic ad­mits he has flopped in his first sea­son at Park­head be­cause he has strug­gled to adapt to the long-ball game and the phys­i­cal side of Scot­tish football.

He has also crit­i­cised teams who park the bus against Celtic and the re­luc­tance of ref­er­ees to crack down on chal­lenges against him.

The Serb signed a four-year deal with the Scot­tish cham­pi­ons on trans­fer dead­line day last sum­mer in a £2.7m move from Sport­ing Gi­jon, but the 25-year-old en­dured a dif­fi­cult first cam­paign, rarely start­ing and scor­ing just four league goals.

And Sce­povic has re­vealed he’s held talks with man­ager Ronny Deila in a bid to get his Celtic ca­reer back on track.

“The sea­son was dif­fi­cult,” said Sce­povic. “There are many dif­fer­ences be­tween Span­ish and Scot­tish football and it was hard to adapt.

“Wher­ever I have played I have al­ways scored goals or helped with as­sists, but it has been hard adapt­ing to Scot­tish football. There are many long balls and this has been a shock to me. I spoke with the man­ager Ronny Deila and he told me he knew that it would take me a sea­son to ad­just.

“Football in Scot­land is very phys­i­cal and there is another is­sue which is also a prob­lem – Celtic are the big­gest team and ev­ery­one wants to scrap or win one point against us.

“The ref­er­ees have dif­fi­culty in re­mov­ing their cards from their pock­ets. For it to be a yel­low card, it has to be a strong tackle and the red card rarely comes out.

“I was frus­trated be­cause I wasn’t play­ing, but af­ter my con­ver­sa­tion with the coach, I un­der­stand it won’t just hap­pen for me overnight.”

But de­spite the dis­ap­point­ments of his first sea­son, Sce­povic in­sists he wants to stay.

He said: “I’m a Celtic player and I am only think­ing about do­ing things right here.

“In the fu­ture, you don’t know what will hap­pen, but right now I am fo­cussed on play­ing for Celtic.

“Last sea­son, I ar­rived af­ter Mari­bor beat us – the goal this year is to be in the Cham­pi­ons League group stages. We are a very big team and should be there.”

TOUGH TIME: Ste­fan Sce­povic has strug­gled to break through at Park­head af­ter a £2.7m move

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.