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Celtic's Robson not getting carried away

December 4, 2009

Barry Robson would not be surprised to find himself out of the Celtic side for Saturday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League game with Aberdeen, despite his goalscoring display against Hapoel Tel Aviv.

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Midfielder Robson drove in a powerful 25-yard free-kick in Wednesday night's Europa League Group C clash to seal the Hoops' first win in the competition this season, but the 2-0 victory failed to prevent Tony Mowbray's men crashing out of Europe.

And having been out for the best part of eight months through injury until late September, Robson reckons it also may not prevent him sitting out the match against the Dons.

Asked if he expected to keep his place, the former Dundee United star said: "Yes I do, but it's different this season. You see the way the manager works here, he likes to change it a lot, to keep players fresh. He likes to play me in certain games, that's the way he does it.

"I think I have played the majority of games since coming back from injury. But you have to remember I was out the best part of a year and I'm back for about two months and have played about six or seven games. So I need to get back to my fittest and play my best football as well, and I am getting closer.''

Aiden McGeady was Celtic's star player once again on Wednesday night but has played down his fine recent form. "I think I have played better," he said. "I'm happy enough but I'm just happy that the team's winning.

"The last few games I have played okay and have set up a few goals, but it's not just me, I think the team as a whole have been playing well. You want to enjoy your football but the main thing is that we are playing a bit better than we were a few weeks ago and we are getting the results now.''

Tomorrow sees former Celtic star Mark McGhee return to Parkhead for the first time since being appointed Aberdeen boss. McGhee masterminded Rangers' first SPL defeat of the season last weekend and a victory over their arch rivals would represent the Dons' first back-to-back wins against the Old Firm for 30 years.