Mowbray - Fortune not to blame
Celtic boss Tony Mowbray says Marc-Antoine Fortune is not to blame for the Bhoys' defeat to Dinamo Moscow.
Last Updated: 30/07/09 9:41am
Celtic manager Tony Mowbray says Marc-Antoine Fortune is not to blame for the Bhoys' disappointing defeat to Dinamo Moscow.
Fortune was criticised for missing a definite chance early in the game after youngster Alexander Kokorin gave the visitors a seventh-minute lead.
Accused of then wasting numerous chances throughout the match, the finger of blame has fallen heavily upon the Hoops frontman who has failed to score in four games since signing from Nancy.
With an uphill task ahead of them in Moscow, Celtic now face the chilling prospect of exiting the competition for the not-so-glamorous Europa League.
Mowbray, though, remains optimistic his side can turn things around whilst refusing to accept that any one player is to blame for Wednesday's defeat.
"We missed numerous chances," said Mowbray, who tasted defeat for the first time in his first competitive game as Celtic manager.
"Shaun Maloney missed a good opportunity as did Georgios Samaras, so we can't blame one player.
"The team missed opportunities which could have changed the game but there you go.
"Marc needs a goal but I have no concerns, he worked very hard for the team.
"He hit the bar and post in pre-season and if he gets one then he will be away."
Maloney himself has spoken to defend his under-fire team-mate saying every player had a part to play.
"I'm gutted for him," the Celtic midfielder said. "I've seen players go three or four games in their Celtic career without scoring and the pressure tends to build.
"But we have seen enough of him in his last few games, he will make chances on his own and we are all confident he will take them pretty soon.
"One of the lads said the defender might have got a nick on my cross for his chance and if he did then he can't do much about that.
"It was unfortunate and if the defender did get it then it was great defending."
He added: "I had to score my chance. I was caught between volleying it or hitting it on the half-volley and I ended up doing neither.
"Unfortunately I didn't come close to scoring so I am disappointed."