Celtic captain Scott Brown has alarmingly revealed that that heads are still down at Celtic Park following the 4-0 loss to Hearts at Tynecastle on Sunday.
The loss was the Hoops’ first in domestic football since May 2016, as they set a British record of 69 matches undefeated.
Despite the unbeaten run, Celtic’s performances recently been up to the levels of last season, when the Hoops won their first domestic treble since 2001 and completed their first unbeaten league season since the 1890s.
As quoted by the Scottish Sun, the Scotland international and Celtic midfield mainstay has admitted that the players’ confidence has taken a knock due to the emphatic nature of the defeat as the Bhoys were bullied by Hearts’ physical presence.
Brown said: “Confidence is a little bit dented with the way we lost the goals and the way we performed.
“It wasn’t like us, we couldn’t get the ball down and that was due to Hearts pressing us high up the park and putting us under pressure.”
He also dismissed notions that the Hoops lost the game due to their extremely busy December schedule, during which they will have played nine games in total.
“It’s not about fatigue with us, it was just about one game and it is slightly disappointing,” he added.
The busy schedule for the Scottish Premiership league leaders continues when they return to action against Partick Thistle on Wednesday night, with the chance to go five points ahead of nearest challengers Aberdeen at the top of the league.
The Celts then face the Dons at Celtic Park in a match that could have huge ramifications in the title race.
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