Whats this lepjack banging on about…Useless players shouldn’t be allowed to media stuff, captain or not.
Bhoys can bully Wenger purists,
insists upbeat Caldwell ahead of crunch clash
Gary Caldwell is confident Celtic can expose Arsenal’s soft centre in the Champions League play-off decider at the Emirates on Wednesday night.
Arsene Wenger’s superstars cried foul over a series of tackles by Tony Mowbray’s men at Parkhead last week - despite leaving with a 2-0 first-leg lead.
Wenger complained about it again yesterday and Caldwell is looking to get in Arsenal faces and see their reaction. ‘I was surprised to hear some of the comments coming from their camp after the first leg about our “physical” challenges,’ he said.
'Tackles go on in football. It’s part of the game and I don’t think any challenge was malicious on the night. Obviously, you might get caught but, as a footballer, I would take it as a compliment if somebody was kicking me. I don’t think we are an over-physical team but, if it rattled them, it’s something we can use again in this game.
'The first half-hour of the first leg had nothing in it and, if we had got a deflected free-kick goal on the night, then who knows what would have happened?
‘Yes, they’ve got great quality and were probably the better side, but there wasn’t anything in the game. At no point were we over-run or under a lot of pressure defensively.’
Celtic desperately need to score the first goal on Wednesday night to sow some seeds of doubt in the home side and Caldwell i s dreaming of such a scenario. He added: 'If they go 3-0 up in the tie, the momentum would be with them. Their tails would be up and their passing game would come to the fore.
'But, if we get it, we will find out which Arsenal players want to stand up to be counted and want to take the ball when they are under pressure.
'The crowd might not be so behind them and we have to ask that question of them.
‘Obviously, they might come up with the answers but, if we ask the questions, we have done our job. It could be a great night.’