Celtic boss Strachan surprised by McManus doubters

Celtic boss Gordon Strachan says he's surprised by the debate around skipper Stephen McManus' form.

Celtic boss Gordon Strachan says he's surprised by the debate around skipper Stephen McManus' form.

Strachan said: "I did not realise this was an issue until Stephen McManus was mentioned to me in an interview - I did not have a clue there was even a debate going on.

"Opinions expressed will be respected and not questioned by me, but once we get through the gates of Lennoxtown or Parkhead, then my opinion - and those of the staff - are the ones that count.

"I am behind all my players. I'm not saying specifically behind McManus, because I back every one of them. They are part of my group. I like working with them all. But, as I say to them always, if you are playing badly - I'll tell you."

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