Crosas: Criticism spurs us on

Celtic midfielder Marc Crosas claims the criticism the Parkhead players have received for much of this season has been good for them.

Celtic midfielder Marc Crosas claims the criticism the Parkhead players have received for much of this season has been good for them.

Tony Mowbray’s side are staring at a Europa League exit tonight when they welcome surprise Group C leaders Hapoel Tel Aviv to Celtic Park.

The Glasgow side, who were knocked out in the qualifying stages of the Champions League by Arsenal, need to beat the Israeli club and win at Rapid Vienna later in the month, while hoping second-placed Hamburg lose both their remaining games.

Mowbray’s team have been similarly troubled domestically, crashing out of the Co-operative Insurance Cup to Hearts although, somewhat ironically, Saturday’s 3-1 home win over St Mirren took them back top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

While recent and at times relentless criticism from the fans and media, some of which was accepted by midfielder Aiden McGeady last week when he said he would not pay to watch the team at the moment, has irked Mowbray, Crosas was less defensive.

“The criticism is normal,” the Spaniard said. “It is good for us as well because we need to improve every day.

“Everybody knows we need to be better. We have a difficult game tonight.”

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