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Celtic Preview | Derek McInnes

February 14, 2020 3:18 pm Author: AFC Media Team
Celtic Preview | Derek McInnes

The manager previews Sunday’s match with Celtic. To watch his full press conference, click on the red button. Full quotes are in the Match Preview.

“Sam has carried that burden for a while.

“If you have a 21-goal striker in the building any manager would be reluctant to leave him out. It comes to a point where you have to be fair to them. Sam will come again.

“Wherever he starts on Sunday or comes off the bench, the last 18 months he has been in such good form, you don’t ignore that.

“It does come to a point where others deserve an opportunity.

“I thought Curtis led the line well. He was part of a very good team performance. It was great for him to get his goal. He ran the channels which we want to see him do more of rather than be a player who wants to hold the ball in. He has got to show that running power.

“His goal was a nice little finish and it set us on our way.

“It was a very good team performance. Sam is too important to us to be a bit part player.

“It is something that we have considered a few times [playing Sam and Curtis together.]

“They have played together a couple of times, when Curtis or Sam have come off the bench. They have played together in spells.

“For me it was good to see that attacking threat. Being honest for far too long we have depended on Sam a bit too much this season. We are looking for others to chip in. He is deserving of the chance to have a bit of a break and look from the outside and come back in again.

“He is too good a player to not be selecting between now and the end of the season.

“It was good that Curtis came in, he gave us a sign of what he is capable of. The supporters and I have been looking for that type of performance. We always felt that Curtis was a capable player and had a role to play. I couldn’t be more pleased for him.

“For any manager if your striker is scoring goals and playing well in the team, you very rarely leave them out. That is the way it is for strikers. If they score a goal, they are capable of going on a run.

“I write the names on the team sheet, but it is the players who pick the team. The players performances pick the team. Too often this season, particularly in the wider areas, players have not done enough to say after the game ‘that is me sorted for next week.’

“Their performances allow them to be picked for the team and I thought Curtis did very well the other night.”