Celtic look to bounce back after loss to Hibernian

Hoops captain certain side will win against Motherwell today after defeat to Hibs

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 January, 2013, 3:09am


Celtic captain Scott Brown says the club will look to head into the Scottish Premier League winter break with a victory against Motherwell today.

The Parkhead side's five-game winning run came to an abrupt end on Saturday when Hibernian defeated Neil Lennon's side 1-0 at Easter Road.

The Hoops had been in good form before the loss to the Edinburgh side and still hold a six point lead - with a game in hand - at the top of the SPL table.

Brown hopes the defeat was just a minor blip which they can rectify when third-placed Motherwell visit Parkhead. "Hibs stopped our unbeaten record but we need to get the mentality of winning back when we play at Celtic Park on Wednesday," the Scotland midfielder said.

"Hopefully it will get our confidence back up - we played really well against Hibs, we just didn't have the quality in the last third.

"They scored an early goal and that killed us off. But we had about 75 per cent of the possession in the second half, and had our chances, we just couldn't finish."

The visitors tonight have only lost once in their past nine matches on their charge up the table to third.

And after tasting defeat to fourth-placed Hibs, Brown knows his side will need to be wary of Stuart McCall's side.

"They're doing really well," he said. "They started their season really well then had a dip, but they're going well again so we know it will be a tough game.

"They've got good young players, Jamie Murphy is a great player with all the tricks in the world, so we're definitely going to have to be on the lookout for him.

"It will be hard but hopefully there will be a big crowd and we can get back to winning ways.

"The league's far from over but we're a few points clear and still have a game in hand so that's going to help us.

"It's definitely not done and dusted, it showed against Hibs that it's hard no matter where you go, home or away.

"It's been hard for us recently, at home, but we have to kick on."