No regrets for Strachan
Celtic boss Gordon Strachan insists he has no regrets over his decision to drop Aiden McGeady against Rangers.
Last Updated: 11/05/09 4:16pm
Celtic boss Gordon Strachan insists he has no regrets over his decision to drop Aiden McGeady in the Old Firm derby defeat on Saturday.
Strachan elected to give Sean Maloney his first SPL start of the year in favour of the experienced winger in the 1-0 defeat at Ibrox.
Consequently, the Bhoys boss has been hit with a torrent of criticism on fans' forums believing the league title is now in Rangers hands.
Now two points adrift of the table-toppers with only three games to go, Celtic must rely on a Gers slip-up if they are to regain top spot.
Strachan, though, hit back at suggestions he might have regrets over his controversial decision, saying "none whatsoever" before moving on from the subject.
"That was the best we had played against Rangers in the league," he said.
"We were unfortunate not to take something from the game. I can't ask any more.
"The players can be downhearted about the result but they can have no regrets about their performance.
"If it had been an embarrassing performance, nothing had happened and the other team had dominated and had chances (then maybe they would have regrets) but that didn't happen so it was easy for them to come in and enjoy training.
"If we handle the pressure like we did on Saturday, in terms of commitment, drive, pride and variation of play, then I haven't got a problem. It's all about scoring goals then."
Celtic defender Gary Caldwell dismissed comments posted on fans' forums, urging "real" Celtic fans to come together in support for the club's fourth successive title quest.
"These people who write in and phone in, I don't know where they come from and who they are but I don't think we should talk about them," he said.
"I think we should talk about the fans who come and support us and they were excellent on Saturday.
"The backing we got right until the end was there for all to see and hopefully they will get right behind us over the coming weeks.
"We have two home games to go, two full houses and the real fans can get behind us, carry us over the line and win another championship."
Defending Strachan's decision to hand Maloney a start in such a crucial game, Caldwell added: "Shaun is a top player. He's been back training for a few weeks now and when you see him he's very lively and hard to contain.
"I thought he did well on Saturday, he ran at them and caused them problems.
"Obviously he ran out of fitness a bit and Aiden came on.
"But there are lots of people who can come in and do a job between now and the end of the season and it's up to the manager to use those players that he has at his disposal."