First Team

Robbie's pride

21st December 2020

Robbie Neilson says he is proud of his players after pushing Celtic all the way in Sunday’s Scottish Cup Final.

The Jambos made a stunning comeback after falling two-goals behind, with Liam Boyce and Stephen Kingsley goals taking the match to extra time.

Despite Leigh Griffiths getting Celtic back in front, Josh Ginnelly restored parity to for the game to penalties, where the men in maroon were cruelly edged out 4-3.

Though obviously disappointed with the outcome, the manager couldn’t praise his players enough in the aftermath as he hailed the team spirit in his rejuvenated side.

“I am just disappointed we couldn’t win it although I believe we gave the fans something to shout about because it has been a tough year for everyone,” he said. “The fans can see now we have a group who are fighting and giving everything for the club.”

"The main feeling is pride. “I am obviously disappointed with the result, but proud of the players and the performance they put in.

“The first half we were 2-0 down but in the second half I thought we were the better team, even into extra time. We went again and that showed the strength of the group.

“Now we all have to use this disappointment to win us the league and to make sure we are celebrating at the start of the season. We spoke about using this for motivation again. We have a league to win to get back into the top-flight.”