McManus backs City survival

Former Celtic defender is confident he can keep then club up

Stephen McManus: The defender has been capped by Scotland 26 times

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Stephen McManus believes Bristol City have got enough to avoid the drop down to League One after helping his team-mates stage a dramatic comeback against Crystal Palace midweek.

The former Celtic and Scotland captain put pen to paper on a loan move from Middlesbrough just hours before pulling on the red shirt in their 2-2 draw at home to the Eagles.

The club are hovering just above the relegation places but the 29-year-old is not concerned about their future after the spirited fightback.

"I'm just taking each game as it comes," said McManus on the club's official website. "The Crystal Palace game was some beginning, what with the fightback at the end and everyone will be lifted by the result in the end.

"Sometimes when you're down there you don't always get the rub of the green but it was two great finishes that rescued a point for us.

"I felt fine, better than I expected, so it was nice to get 90 minutes under my belt.

"I want to bring as much as I can to the team to keep us up. I'll give my all like I always do and hopefully I'll enjoy it here and the club will benefit.

"It's been dragging on for a few weeks, but there was finally an agreement struck between the two clubs which suited everyone.

"It's good getting things sorted and now I'm finally here. The manager's been very good and I've spoken to him at length. That was probably the main reason I came here, I had a few other options as well."