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Frank McAvennie tells Celtic players to get over cup defeat

Frank McAvennie thinks the Celtic players need to concentrate on winning the league and put the cup defeat behind them.

Club legend Frank McAvennie has told the Daily Record that the Celtic players need to get over their defeat to Inverness CT and make sure they win the league.

The former Celtic man didn’t hold back when asked about what is in store for the rest of the Bhoys’ season, and warned that there is still a job to be done as Aberdeen continue to put pressure on them from afar.

Ronny Deila will need his players to put the events of Sunday’s Scottish FA Cup semi-final behind them, although the circumstances in which they lost are still very fresh with the treble now unattainable.

The cloud of Steven McLean and Alan Muir’s joint poor decision-making still sits above Celtic Park, with the club issuing a statement on their official website yesterday afternoon explaining they have written to the SFA to seek clarification as to what actually happened.

Speaking at an event to promote the launch of a cooperate hospitality programme, McAvennie, was very critical of the decision that allowed Josh Meekings to handle Leigh Griffiths’ header to go unpunished, but was clear that Celtic need to move on.

“It’s just one of those things. Get over it, it’s done and forgotten about now,” he began.

“The whole world, apart from the officials, saw it was a penalty but it’s in the past now.

“The time for feeling sorry for yourself is already over.

“It is now about appeasing the fans by winning the league. Winning the double in his first season will be a good achievement.”

Celtic have the chance to put the cup semi-final behind them when they face Dundee on Wednesday night, and the Bhoys can restore their lead at the top to eight points if they win their game in hand.

Anything but a victory could give Aberdeen a small glimmer of hope going into the closing stages of the season, but only a continual run of losses would see the Dons overtake Celtic and claim the Scottish Premiership title.

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