Maloney - Hoops not in crisis
Shaun Maloney insists any crisis talk is wide of the mark ahead of Celtic's crunch Europa League clash with Hamburg.
By Elliot Ball
Last Updated: 21/10/09 6:24pm
Shaun Maloney insists any crisis talk is wide of the mark ahead of Celtic's crunch Europa League clash with Hamburg at Parkhead on Thursday.
Scottish football took a battering in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night when Rangers suffered a 4-1 humbling to minnows Unirea Urziceni at Ibrox
Old Firm rivals Celtic have also done little to carry the flag for their country following their defeat by Hapoel Tel Aviv in matchday one before the 1-1 draw with Rapid Vienna at Celtic Park at the start of the month.
Those results leave the Hoops bottom of Group C and under pressure to take all three points against Hamburg if they are to have a realistic chance of qualifying for the knockout stages
Tony Mowbray's men have been struggling for form in the league after surrendering their place at the top of the SPL to Rangers following Saturday's goalless draw against Motherwell.
However, after being quizzed about the notion of a crisis at Celtic Park, the Hoops midfielder said: "I don't know so much about a crisis.
"We obviously drew at the weekend but hopefully things will start clicking again, especially at home, and hopefully it starts tomorrow.
"We would not have hoped to drop points in the games that we have dropped points in, in the league and in Europe, but we still believe that we can pick up points away from home.
"In the last game against Motherwell we missed a numerous amount of chances and, to be fair, it was the same against Rapid Vienna.
"We have been creating a lot of chances and maybe it is our finishing that needs to improve if we are going to turn some of these draws into wins."
Maloney added: "I don't know if it's win or bust because there are still three games after this.
"But after the Rapid result, a win would be massive for us.
"We haven't won yet in this group and our home games are pretty important so it is a big game for us."