Celtic midfielder Scott Brown has insisted that the UEFA Champions League elimination to Braga is truly a thing of the past as this Thursday’s Europa League opener is keeping his side busy with preparations.
FC Utrecht will be traveling to Celtic Park for the first leg of the qualifying fixture and Brown has expressed his confidence in the Hoops to gain the upper hand before making the tricky trip away to the Dutch Eredevisie outfit.
“We’ve got to be strong and solid and hopefully keep the ball a bit better, especially at Celtic Park. This is a big game for us, we have to go out and win,” Brown told the club’s website.
“We have to score goals and make sure we don’t let in sloppy goals. We have to be strong as a team more than anything else. It’s a new era for us with a new manager in charge so hopefully the fans will watch us playing good, attractive football,” he added.
The 25-year old pointed to Saturday’s comfortable 1-0 victory away to Inverness as a result that will motivate the Bhoys to keep up their momentum.
“We can take confidence from the game on Saturday because we kept the ball and had a lot of possession. We created a lot of chances and will hopefully start scoring the goals soon as well.”
Brown also took the opportunity to clarify that recent decisions made by the likes of Sol Campbell, David James, and Craig Bellamy to turn down an opportunity to join Neil Lennon’s revolution do not reflect negatively on the club or even the Scottish Premier League as a whole.
“If you come to Parkhead and Ibrox and you see the fans and the games that we play, the games are decent to watch.
“We saw that with Hibs and Motherwell last year as well, in the game that finished 6-6. It’s interesting to watch and, if folks don’t want to come here, that’s not our problem,” he concluded.