25 Aug Brown ‘ashamed’ of Celtic display
Scott Brown says he was ashamed of the Celtic performance after they failed to make the Champions League group stages for the second year running.
The Hoops had a 3-2 lead heading into the second leg against Malmo but suffered a 2-0 loss in Sweden courtesy of strikes from Marcus Rosenberg and William Carvalho.
That was enough to ensure it’s Europa League football for the Hoops again but it was the display which particularly irked the Celtic skipper.
He told BT Sport: “I’m ashamed of the performance from all over the park. From the way defended to the way we attacked it wasn’t like us at all.
“We’ve got to put our hands up. We have high expectations at this club and we need to try to deal with it.
“It’s a lot of pressure on us but we should have been a lot better than that today.
“The performance wasn’t there. We didn’t look we were going to score a goal and looked like we’d concede a few.”
Celtic exited the campaign to Legia Warsaw and Maribor last season and the skipper blasted his side’s inability to reach the group stages once more.
“We can’t do that two years in a row. We;ve got to the final hurdle and we fell,” Brown added.
“We need to learn, we said we’d learn from last year and we’ve not. We need to go away and have a big chat, learn from that and take everything on.
“The first leg we were unlucky with the corner at the end but we should have learned from that.
“It’s our own personal pride as well and it’s just been shattered.”
Celtic did score in the second leg through Nir Bitton but it was controversially ruled out by referee Milorad Madzic. Bitton though believed it was a perfectly legitimate goal.
“Yeah it should have stood but like I said there’s no excuses,” he said.
“I think it was a clear goal but mistakes are part of football, sometimes the referee makes mistakes. We need to deal with that and look forward.”