Robson: I don't need to win back my place in the team

Last updated : 16 January 2009 By Mikbhoy
The powerful midfielder made his debut in February at Pittodrie when he replaced Shunsuke Nakamura in the 73rd minute of the game. Celtic were awarded a free kick 25 yards from goal one minute later and Robson buried it in the back of the net to score with his first kick of the ball even before the fans could begin to rue the substitution of our Japanese free-kick specialist.

"It was good to get on the scoresheet when I scored with my first kick." said Barry, looking back on his debut while looking forward to Sunday's trip north, "It seems like it was many moons ago now. It's been a long year, a good year, and a succesful year for the football club which is the most important thing. I'm looking forward to returning to Aberdeen but it's just about taking one game at a time and making sure we win football matches and we don't look to far ahead of ourselves and we keep plugging away working hard on the training ground and making sure things are right for the games on Saturdays or Sundays."

Robson told Celtic TV that the manager is still keen on the rotation system which was the subject of much comment earlier in the season and that this means that the concept of 'winning back a place in the team' is not valid "I don't know if it's a case of pushing back in" said the flame-haired midfielder "the manager selects certain teams for certain games, it's not players dropped through form or anything like that. He said at the start of the season that the teams would be selected on the way that we want to play on certain days so it's not a case of trying to get back in the side it's a case of when you do play in the side you do your best for the football club and that's what everyone here does."

Barry realises there are many others vying for the berths available in his area of expertise "We've got lots of good midfield players but he'll need us all for the run in that's for sure." said Robson "We'll need everybody fit and sharp and playing at their best. That's the main thing for us - that everyone stays fit and then we can introduce different players for different games and hopefully keep winning those games."

"We're expecting a very hard game." he continued "We know Aberdeen are a very good side and we know they've been playing well lately, they've started climbing the league again so it's going to be a hard game on Sunday but everybody here is back fit now, we're just about back to full strength, and whoever plays will be at their best and hopefully we can win the game."

"I didn't play in the game against Aberdeen at Celtic Park but I remember watching it from the sidelines" added the midfielder "They gave a very good account of themselves that day, they played well, they played some good stuff and they got at us. But we know all about their players because we play teams three or four times a year and we know mostly about the players and they know mostly about us so it's about us at the time just making sure we're at our best and making sure we win the football game."

The man from the Highlands always comes across as a consummate professional in his approach to the game and it's no surprise to discover that his thoughts focus solely on his own team and their own performances "We're not looking too much into the Rangers points tally at the moment all we are focusing on is one game at a time and trying to win football matches." he said "You can't get carried away with looking at tables and things and at the moment we're just concentrating on working hard on the training pitch and making sure that we bring it on to the game on a Saturday and making sure that we win and get the three points and thats all we're concerned about. Once we've done that then we concentrate on the next game and that's the way we do it here."

Robson's game has reached another level since he signed for Celtic but he is not yet satisfied and he doesn't believe the fans would accept any player who thinks he's the finished article "We're doing okay, we know that, but at a foottball club like this we'll always need to strive to improve, we'll always need to get better, that's just the nature of this football club it's what the fans expect." he said "We need to keep working hard trying to win football matches, trying to please the fans, and that's what we're striving to do every day when we come into Lennoxtown to work and in every game we play in so that is our main aim."