Bhoys boss calling for patience

06 February 2010 01:12
Less than eight months into his reign, the former West Brom boss finds himself under substantial pressure, with the club in danger of ending a season empty-handed for the first time in seven years.[LNB]Yet, Mowbray claims his job has been just as hard as he expected when he took charge and resolved to stamp his own identity on the team.[LNB]"Change is difficult in any walk of life, in any business, any industry," said the 46-year-old, who is attempting to bring a more attractive style of football to Parkhead.[LNB]"With the glare and publicity of the football industry, it is more transparent, I suppose.[LNB]"But I felt change had to happen and, as you go along, it's not always a bed of roses and not always win, win, win.[LNB]"What I do know is that when you get it right, you will expect to win, win, win."[LNB]He added: "The only reason I'm here, I'm assuming, is because of my past record of being able to change teams around and be successful along the way.[LNB]"It doesn't always happen straight away."[LNB]Victory tomorrow would keep alive Celtic's most realistic hope of silverware, the Active Nation Scottish Cup.[LNB]Mowbray takes his side to Irn-Bru First Division side Dunfermline in a fifth-round tie he arguably cannot afford to lose.[LNB]Confidence in the camp took another hit after Tuesday night's shock 1-0 defeat at Kilmarnock, a result which left Celtic 10 points adrift of Rangers in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.[LNB]But Mowbray does not believe the visitors will be more jittery as a result tomorrow.[LNB]"I don't think there are any nerves," he said.[LNB]"If you break down Tuesday night, it was a game very similar to what we've been seeing for the last couple of weeks or so - or probably longer.[LNB]"We'd got lots of the ball, lots of chances, lots of possession, lots of positive play and, yet, we didn't quite get the result.[LNB]"We go to Dunfermline understanding that we'll probably have slightly more of the ball than they will; we'll probably create more chances than they will.[LNB]"But, ultimately, it doesn't guarantee the result.[LNB]"So, we've got to work extremely hard and try to make sure that our positive play is rewarded with a victory."[LNB]He added: "Morton in the last round was very, very tough. They're in the same league, it's away from home - there are no easy games.[LNB]"We've got every respect for Dunfermline.[LNB]"They're a good footballing team as well and they've got some good, experienced players, who know what the SPL's all about.[LNB]"So we're expecting a tough game and we go there and try to progress in the cup."[LNB]Striker Diomansy Kamara, one of eight new faces drafted in by Mowbray during the last transfer window, believes Celtic will be under pressure tomorrow - but no more than usual.[LNB]"If you play for Celtic or Rangers, you need to win something and you need to do well every game," he said.[LNB]"If you play against small teams or big teams, it doesn't matter; you need to play well always.[LNB]"Sunday, we'll have pressure but it's normal for a Celtic player."[LNB]On-loan Fulham forward Kamara, 29, admits it has been more than five years since he felt such a weight of expectation at a club.[LNB]But the former Modena star is relishing the challenge, saying: "I love this when you play and you have the supporters behind you.[LNB]"Because when the teams do well, it's unbelievable.[LNB]"Pressure is part of football and, for me, it doesn't make a big difference.[LNB]"I'm so happy when I have pressure on my shoulders.[LNB]"At Fulham, it was very quiet because they had a small number of supporters.[LNB]"But I played in Italy for four or five years and you have a lot of pressure there."[LNB][LNB]

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