Brown - Lennon not to blame
Scott Brown has absolved Neil Lennon of any blame for Celtic's shock Scottish Cup defeat to Ross County.
Last Updated: 12/04/10 9:37am
Scott Brown has absolved caretaker manager Neil Lennon of any blame for Celtic's shock Scottish Cup semi-final defeat to Ross County - insisting the players must take full responsibility.
The Bhoys slumped to one of the worst results in their history and one of the biggest Scottish Cup upsets as First Division Ross County earned a deserved 2-0 success at Hampden Park.
The loss to County capped a miserable season which is set to see Celtic finish trophyless for the first time in seven years and Brown admits his side were not good enough at the weekend.
Not good enough
"County wanted it more than us. We have to be strong enough characters to get on the ball and play football. But we didn't do that. We have let down the fans and ourselves," bemoaned Brown.
"Lenny showed us enough before the game about Ross County and told us what they would do. He got it spot on. It was the players on the park who didn't do their jobs.
"I don't think it's the case that the players aren't good enough. This season hasn't been good enough.
"There has not been enough dig. We must be braver and we must have stronger characters. We have to be better and be more of a team. We must understand more about what people's jobs are.
"Sometimes, we don't track the opposition's runners. We all go out to give 100 per cent. But sometimes the touch isn't there, so you have to dig deep, battle and fight for the ball."
He added: "It's nothing to do with the manager or the coaches. They have done their job well.
"It's about the 11 men on the park and the split-second decisions that are being wrongly made at times.
"It's not the manager's fault. He picks the 11 he thinks is his strongest team for the game. We let him down."
The defeat will damage Lennon's chances of landing the Celtic job on a permanent basis and Brown concedes they owe the former Bhoys midfielder an apology.
"I hope it doesn't affect his chances of getting the job," noted Brown.
"Lenny organised us perfectly. He showed us videos (of County) and we couldn't have asked for any more. His training has been brilliant - but we have let him down."