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We will stay up, says Celtic boss
Friday 31st January 2014 @ 12:41 by Lisa B

tameradio logoCeltic boss Keith Briggs is adamant his team is staying put.

Speaking at a Q&A session arranged by Briggs and his assistant Andy Fearn, the message was clear ‘we will stay up.’

In front of a packed sponsors’ lounge at Bower Fold on Monday night, the management team expressed their belief that they can save Celtic from the dreaded drop.

With Celtic only four points off the bottom three, Briggs wanted to use the opportunity to communicate with the club’s fans in an open and honest discussion.

Briggs said: “I’ve called this meeting because I want us all to be on the same page. I want you to know that I have real pride in this football club and I won’t shirk my responsibilities as a manager or a player.

“A lot of mistakes have been made previously and we are trying to improve things both on and off the pitch. There is no hiding the fact that we are conceding goals at a scary rate, and a lot of them are individual errors. Every player we inherited can play football, but we can’t coach against individual errors.”

Briggs added: “We tell them to play without fear, and to play with a smile on their face. Some of the stuff we see in training is immense, but sometimes you wouldn’t think it was the same lads out there on a Saturday.”

New signings Matt Regan, Josh Green and Godwin Abadaki have all been brought in to address the Celts’ fortunes. But Briggs is having some difficulties in bringing in more fresh blood to his squad.

Most of the squad left to him by previous manager Jim Harvey are tied into contracts meaning freeing up funds is difficult.

Briggs stated: “I have players on the phone to me every day looking to come and play for Stalybridge Celtic. We’re trying to bring in experienced players, but they want experience money. The budget has been taken up by contracted players, but the division has got tougher and we are trying to bring in players to push the club forward.”

In what was sometimes a heated exchange, Briggs and Fearn were honest throughout. They also gave their full backing to the full-time regime that the club currently operates under.

Briggs said: “We’re under no illusions that we have to get out of this mess with what we’ve got, but we’ve got enough at the club to stay up and when we do we will build on what we’ve got.

“It’s my team that is losing and it hurts.”

It was also confirmed on the night that Callum Warburton will be out for seven to eight  weeks with an ankle injury and three of the current squad have been placed on the transfer list.

by Shaun Bishop