Critics don't bother McManus
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Stephen McManus has shrugged off criticism of Celtic's recent performances.
Stephen McManus has shrugged off criticism of Celtic's recent performances, insisting the focus is firmly on winning trophies.
The Bhoys have come under fire from their own fans and the media in recent weeks following some below-par displays.
Celtic are still waiting to wrap up the SPL title and were unconvincing in beating First Division side St Johnstone in the Scottish Cup semi-final on Saturday.
Boos resounded round Hampden Park when Derek Riordan was taken off during the 2-1 win, but McManus is not concerned by the jeers.
He accepts criticism is part of the game, but feels Celtic's record this season is a sufficient rebuttal to the detractors' argument.
"Whether you get credit or not, you have to be professional," said McManus.
"There is no point in worrying about something that you can't change.
"We just go on the pitch and try to do our best, hopefully win as many games as possible and as many trophies as we can.
"We have got a job to do, you have a job to do and you have to do it to the best of your ability.
"We are professional enough to understand that, but we have certainly done all right this year."