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Mowbray explains bedding-in spell

Celtic manager Tony Mowbray
Mowbray has life tough at Celtic Park

Tony Mowbray says he is going through the same teething troubles at Celtic as he has at previous clubs.

His team have struggled for form - winning only two of their last 10 matches - but he expects things to come good once he builds his own team.

"I've been there before in my first few months at Hibernian - and at West Brom too," said the Celtic manager.

"Here, I'm having a similar period. But I'd like to think there'll be much more contentment and success to come."

Mowbray took over as Celtic boss in the summer following the departure of Gordon Strachan.

Under the Englishman's stewardship, the team made a promising start by eliminating Dinamo Moscow in Champions League qualifying.

However, they have since allowed a lead in the Scottish Premier League to slip and they are now second to Rangers, who also have a game in hand.

It's never easy in January to prise players away from clubs

Celtic manager Tony Mowbray

But Mowbray says he is experiencing the kind of settling-in period that he has gone through in the past.

"In my first few months at Hibernian, we'd gone out of the Intertoto Cup and the fans were saying it was the worst they'd seen," said Mowbray.

"But, a few years down the line, I think they're relatively happy. The team finished third in the league, qualified for Europe and made semi-finals of the cups.

"At West Brom, my first few months was as tough as it gets, trying to deal with the group of players I'd inherited.

"We weren't winning games and I also had to deal with certain individuals that are making life difficult.

"And yet, ultimately, you win leagues and get promotions.

"But it's a period that most managers have to go through.

"We're all frustrated. I want to be successful - for the players, the supporters and the club."

The Celtic boss has often spoken of his desire to increase the quality of his team and he says he has already been working to strengthen in the January transfer window.

"We don't know how much some players might cost, but we've made enquiries about one or two players and we can do those deals if we choose to," Mowbray explained.


"We'll try and add some players to bring competition to the team.

"But it's never easy in January to prise players away from clubs.

"I'm confident that we will, but you never really get the team you want."

South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-Yong has agreed to join in the next window and, currently, Celtic are running the rule over 25-year-old Honduran defender Osman Chavez at their Lennoxtown training ground.

"He's been with us for a few days training and he's doing ok," added Mowbray.

"I've had a few conversations, but he'll be here for another week or so and we'll make a decision."

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