First Team

Craig: We Shot Ourselves in the Foot

25th August 2019

Craig Levein cut a frustrated figure as he left Celtic Park after his side lost 3-1 to the reigning league champions.

A goal from Callum McGregor, sandwiched by own goals from Christophe Berra and Craig Halkett, gave Celtic a three-goal lead before Conor Washington's late rebound.

“I’m sitting here very frustrated," Craig said after the game. "We’ve scored two own goals and gifted Celtic a third. They had five shots all match so I feel we’ve shot ourselves in the foot.

Despite the scoreline, the Jambos restricted the hosts to a handful of attempts.

“Our game plan was to hit them on the counter. I thought we restricted them very well, although we didn’t have many clear opportunities but I think allowing Celtic five shots at goal is fairly reasonable defensively speaking but we’ve scored two own goals and a silly mistake has given them the third.

“Christophe says it hit his hip and Halks has said the ball hit his toe. I agree with them both, I’ve seen them back and it’s two own goals.

"You have to credit the striker for getting there, but my point was we’ve assisted Celtic in scoring goals and it’s frustrating. The first goal has gone over Craig’s head, the keeper’s started to come and the ball’s gone in off Christophe.”

A big worry for the fans was the early substitution of Michael Smith, but the gaffer revealed it wasn't too serious.

“Michael Smith had a tight hamstring, and he said it was fine in training but he said today he felt it tighten up and was about to go, so taking him off was the right call and an easy one. Jamie Brandon did well too, as did a lot of our players.”