McManus wants away-day boost
Celtic captain Stephen McManus has called for the club to improve their away form in the SPL.
By Rob Carragher
Last Updated: 01/05/09 10:08am
Celtic captain Stephen McManus has implored his team-mates to improve their away form if they are to claim a fourth successive Clydesdale Bank Premier League title.
The Hoops have managed just one win away from Celtic Park in 2009, and now face a run-in of three away games out of their five remaining fixtures - including a trip to Ibrox.
The title remains Celtic's to lose, but with such underwhelming form on the road continuing to weaken their position at the top, McManus has admitted that there is some cause for concern.
"We've not been able to put our finger on it, but we have not been able to pick up as many points as we would have liked away from home," said the 26-year-old defender.
"To be honest, we've not picked up as many points as we should have done.
"People raise their game for games against us and it's up to us to respond by raising the bar even higher."
Poor away form aside, Celtic continue to hold a slender lead over second-placed Rangers and McManus insists that they are determined not to surrender the top spot to their Old Firm rivals at such a late stage in the season.
"We know exactly how important this is. There is a league title at stake and it doesn't get any bigger in your career than winning this," he added.
"We have a five-game league to win the title now and we're lucky in that we're a point ahead of our nearest rivals.
"From the start of the season, we have given our all and I can guarantee that in this final push we will be giving 100% in everything we do because we want to win as many things as we possibly can as a group."