Bhoys support Caldwell
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Celtic's players are rallying behind Gary Caldwell following his horror show.
Celtic's players are rallying behind Gary Caldwell following his horror show in Portugal on Wednesday.
Caldwell had a night to forget as Celtic crashed to defeat at Benfica, as he put through his own net on ten minutes and shortly afterwards misread a long ball as Nuno Gomes doubled the home side's advantage.
Andrei Karyaka added a third to hammer home Benfica's superiority and the chase for second place in Group F behind Manchester United is back in the melting pot.
Bhoys defender Stephen McManus insists Caldwell will not be made a scapegoat for the defeat.
"Gary has been first class for us this season and no one will be pointing the finger at him, certainly not me," said McManus.
"He has been top drawer and we will pick him up again.
"The best players in the world make mistakes and Gary will be fine."
Celtic entertain Manchester United in three weeks and McManus is looking forward to the challenge of locking horns with Wayne Rooney and co.
"The next two games will be very exciting," added McManus. "All the teams are capable of beating each other as was proved with last night's results.
"We lost to Manchester United and Benfica but it is great being a part of it all and roll on the next game.
"We won't let our heads go down."