Bhoys can be direct, says Mowbray

22 January 2010 08:46
Results have failed to match performances since Mowbray took charge of Celtic in the summer, with the club already out of the Champions League, Europa League and Co-operative Insurance Cup, as well as being nine points off the pace in the Scottish Premier League.[LNB]Arch-rivals Rangers, meanwhile, have been grinding out matches of late to extend their advantage at the top of the table.[LNB]Former Hibernian and West Brom manager Mowbray claims he is trying to give Celtic an identity worthy of the club's heritage but insists he would not snub a more direct approach if the situation warranted it.[LNB]"For long-term success, you've got to carry a footballing philosophy through your football club," said Mowbray, whose side have drawn their last two SPL games.[LNB]"The players must know what is expected and know the demands put on them every day in training and every day out on the field.[LNB]"You don't throw that all in the bin if you draw a couple of games or you lose a football match.[LNB]"I like to give my teams an identity and I think I've done that in the past.[LNB]"I think the Hibs team and West Bromwich Albion team were known as as good a footballing team as there were in the division that they played in.[LNB]"West Brom still carry that along now.[LNB]"I watched them this week and the commentator was constantly talking about this great passing game.[LNB]"I'd like to think that was put down by ourselves at West Brom over this three-year period and that stays and sticks.[LNB]"I'm trying to do that here."[LNB]Celtic could find themselves 12 points adrift of Rangers by the time they take to the field at St Johnstone on Sunday.[LNB]Mowbray added on the Hoops' online television channel, Channel 67: "The heritage and history of this club is that they've tried to be entertaining, attacking, open, flair football teams.[LNB]"I haven't got a magic wand to change that overnight.[LNB]"It is the balance of winning titles, as the club have done over the last few years, of course.[LNB]"But getting that balance of winning and entertaining as well at the same time and that's the process we're going through.[LNB]"That said, in any 90 minutes, when you need to go direct in the last 10 minutes of a game and you need a goal and you have a big 6ft 3in centre-forward, you put the ball in the box.[LNB]"I don't ever blindly stick to principles that we must pass, pass, pass right to the death.[LNB]"We play to win, of course."[LNB][LNB] Scottish Premier Winner 2009/10 Win Outright: Celtic 2/1  

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