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Marc-Antoine Fortune thinks Celtic can still win title

Marc-Antoine Fortune cannot believe Celtic have not scored against Kilmarnock
Fortune and Robbie Keane failed to find the target against Kilmarnock

Marc-Antoine Fortune admits Celtic must win all their remaining League fixtures if they are to claim the Scottish Premier League title away from Rangers.

And the striker warns that even that may not be good enough.

"Now we have to win every game that is coming," said Fortune after Tuesday's defeat by Kilmarnock left Celtic 10 points behind the reigning champions.

"It will be difficult, but we can do it. Why not? We will do it, I'm confident about that."

With only two Old Firm matches remaining, Tony Mowbray's men also have to rely on Rangers slipping up against other opposition in the final 15 games if Celtic are to make a sensational fightback in the title race.

The Celtic manager has refused to concede the title and Fortune, his summer signing from Nancy, takes the same approach.

Robbie got in some good areas and he gives us another dimension

Celtic manager Tony Mowbray

"We've shown that we are a big team, play very well and have a lot of chances," he said.

"We have to complete that with goals while not conceding."

Celtic's introduction of on-loan Tottenham striker Robbie Keane alongside Fortune did not have the immediate impact that was expected against the Ayrshire side.

But the Frenchman backed his fellow frontman to produce the goods in the next four months.

"Robbie's a top player and he showed it," insisted Fortune.

"We are very happy that he's signed for Celtic. He will bring something more for the team and he's a good signing."

On a night when Keane, along with Diomancy Kamara, on loan from Fulham, made their first appearance for Celtic, it was Killie's debut boy who had the major bearing on the outcome.

Chris Maguire, on loan from Aberdeen, scored the solitary goal that earned Jimmy Calderwood his first League win as Kilmarnock manager.

Eight new faces were added by Mowbray to the Celtic squad in the January transfer window while 10 players departed, quite a turnover of staff.

"It's not a problem," said Fortune. "We need time. But, as I say, it's only top players in the team.

"We know what we have to do, so we will do it. To win the title, you need a lot of character.

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"We have to show that we want to win."

The Celtic manager has targeted wins in the two remaining Old Firm derbies after insisting the SPL title race is far from over.

"Nobody said it's not going to be difficult," said Mowbray.

"We have to beat Rangers twice, which is not an easy task for us. But it's one we believe we can do. So we have to start winning and winning quickly."

Keane played the full 90 minutes, but no goals arrived for the Irishman.

"It's not the result we wanted," said Mowbray. We needed to hit the ground running with the new signings, but it didn't quite happen.

"Robbie got in some good areas and he gives us another dimension.

"We're trying to build a team that can win football matches week in week out and be successful both domestically and in Europe.

"We didn't put the ball in the net. But that's football - we had enough opportunities to win the game. You take it on the chin and move on."



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Kilmarnock 1-0 Celtic
02 Feb 10 |  Scottish Premier


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