Caldwell: Bhoys will be professional

21 February 2009 10:46
With only one win in their last five SPL games, the champions' lead over Rangers at the top of the table has been cut to two points.

The heavily-sanded Fir Park surface could lead to another afternoon of struggle for the visitors, but the Celtic defender believes it is simply another test for Gordon Strachan's side.

"It's always tough at Fir Park," he said. "Motherwell like to get the ball forward and put you under pressure physically.

"We also have to handle the pitch, which has been a problem.

"Sunday is one of the occasions when we need to be professional and do a job on a surface that isn't great."

Caldwell has yet to discover whether the circumstances will dictate a new gameplan.

"I don't know if we'll play a different style," he admitted.

"All I know is that we'll carry out the manager's instructions.

"I think we just need the confidence to know that we can go and win tough away matches like this. We need to string a few results together.

"A season has many ups and downs. Over the last few weeks, we've hit a sticky bit of form - but the first half against Rangers last week was a bit better.

"We want to build on that and hit a bit of form.

"By doing that, we hope we can win more football matches and have a chance of winning the title."

Celtic and Rangers were both criticised after last Sunday's drab 0-0 draw at Parkhead.

Caldwell acknowledges there was little in the way of entertainment.

"There are lots of bad games all over the world every weekend," he said.

"Sometimes it's hard to produce the type of game that everybody wants to see - and Sunday was a case in point.

"Both teams cancelled each other out.

"For the fans, it was a disappointing spectacle.

"But it's not all doom and gloom. I think the game is going forward in Scotland, and there are some good players here."

Fans' expectations for flowing football must always be countered by the need for points by any club, he believes.

"I think if you asked the Celtic supporters if they'd rather have a team play brilliant football all the time and win nothing, then they'd just want a team that win matches and trophies," added Caldwell.

"As a player, you go out and win a game of football first and foremost. That's what you're paid to do.

"Sometimes games get scrappy, and you just have an instinct to get a win.

"At times, we'd like to play better football and be more attractive. However, that's not always possible."

Source: Team_Talk

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