Celtic Want To Bounce Back

21 September 2011 01:49
It's a long way for the next game and there is no guarantee the Hoops will be heading home with smiles on their faces. Celtic need to get back to winning ways to help get over the 4-2 loss on Sunday to rivals Rangers. They have the chance tonight as they travel to Dingwall to take on Ross County and full-back Adam Matthews is desperate to get stuck into the Scottish Communities League Cup tie. A 400-mile round trip for the game may not be ideal, but Matthews is up for the game. Celtic will also be looking to avenge last year's Scottish Cup semi-final loss to the same opponents. Matthews was not involved in that cup game, having joined the club in the summer and missed out on Sunday, but he is eager to enjoy a winning feeling again after the gloom that followed the derby loss. The former Cardiff player is in line to come in at right-back with Mark Wilson both suspended and suffering from a knee injury. Matthews is glad the game has come so quickly after the Old Firm disappointment for Neil Lennon's men.  Matthews said: "I think it is good for the team, it gives us a chance to put the weekend behind us. Everyone is disappointed and it was devastating for the fans but we just need to get our heads on this game and put in a good performance. We have had a few meetings. The atmosphere wasn't brilliant after the game but we just need to bounce back now. The gaffer has pointed out our mistakes and I'm sure they won't happen again, so I think it was beneficial for every player. He is very passionate but he is good with the players. Obviously the atmosphere hasn't been brilliant and he has been disappointed but that is to be expected. You can still talk to him about anything so that is good." Manager Lennon has suggested he may make some changes in defence for tonight's game after their failure to cope with crosses against Rangers, but Matthews is confident the back four will come good. He said: "Obviously the more you play with someone the better understanding you get but I'm sure that will come in time. We have a few new faces in defence and it was always going to take time to gel."