POTM is great but Skippy wants 4-in-a-row

Last updated : 07 April 2009 By Mikbhoy

Scott McDonald SPL Player of the Month for March 2009
Celtic had only two SPL fixtures in the month of March and McDonald hit the target in both of them. He scored both goals in the 2-1 win at Kilmarnock and netted again in the 2-2 draw with Dundee United at Tannadice. In a productive month for the busy front-man he also picked up a winners medal in the Co-operative Cup final victory over the Huns.

Although these individual awards are greatly appreciated and are a very welcome boost to his confidence McDonald insists that it means very little in the grand scheme of things. The pursuit of their fourth League Championship in succession is uppermost in the minds of this Celtic squad. "It was an unexpected honour but I'm always happy to pick up awards like that." said Skippy. "I can add it to my little collection and hopefully there will be more to come. Individual awards are nice but the main target is to pick up another trophy for Celtic come the end of the season. That's what we're trying to do just now."

"It's a good boost for me at this stage of the season." he continued "It kicks you on and adds confidence. It's always nice when people acknowledge your performances. I feel good about myself at the moment. We are doing well at Celtic, and Australia are now within one point of a place at the World Cup. It's good to be part of it all, but I know that I need to keep playing well for Celtic."

It seems as if McDonald has been ploughing a lone furrow up front at times this season but Georgios Samaras and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink managed to get themselves back on the scoresheet against Hamilton Accies on Saturday. There's another SPL match at Celtic Park on Wednesday, against Falkirk, and Scott is hoping that his striking partners are coming back to form at just the right time. "We are top of the league and we want to stay there until the end of the season." said McDonald. "To do that, we have to win every single game and that's what we are looking to do. Every game is difficult though. The other players all raise their games against us and they have a lot to play for, whether that be the title, a European place or relegation."

"It's going to be tough." he added. "On Wednesday we play Falkirk. They are fighting for their lives and won't hand over the points easily. They gave Rangers a hard match on Sunday and it will be the same against us. Falkirk are a good side. They are in a scrap at the bottom but there is plenty of time for them to get out of that. They will be seeing this game as an opportunity to get a big lift, so we have to stop them."