Strachan looking for character and ability in run-in

Last updated : 09 April 2009 By Mikbhoy

Almost-zero-turned-cult-hero Gary 'Heid' Caldwell got the Bhoys off the mark in the 28th minute and although John Hughes' Falkirk competed valiantly there was only ever going to be one winner in this contest after that first goal. Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink got the second, his second in two games, before Irish internationals McGeady and O'Dea finished off the visitors.

Celtic boss Gordon Strachan
On the downside Georgios Samaras limped off with an injury after only 12 minutes and Scott Brown earned himself a suspension after he was yellow carded for a tackle on Scobbie. The suspension will kick in after the league split and Brown will most likely miss the final Glasgow derby of the season. Gordon Strachan is not happy with a punishment that is based on previous transgressions and does not take the midfielder's recent good conduct into account. "I think Scott's discipline has been good this year," said the boss. "So to get punished for what went on years ago is hard to take. But that's the way life goes and you have to get on with it."

But the manager was much happier when talk turned to another good performance from his side The manager kept faith with the same team that beat Hamilton Accies 4-0 on Saturday with three points once again the priority this time out but another four-goal winning margin was a welcome bonus to the Celtic boss. "The points are the most important things at this stage of the season," he said. "In the last game of the season we will see if goals mean anything but right now it's points. I was delighted with how we played at 1-0 up. Sometimes, you can see teams get nervous when they're making lots of chances. If you don't score, you can get nervous but I didn't see that. I saw players who were fully focused and working for each other and that was pleasing. Aiden McGeady was special and I thought Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink was terrific. He was a threat and his wee mate Scott McDonald did well, too."

Next up is Tynecastle and the game against third-placed Hearts which is seen by many as a pivotal encounter in the quest for four in a row. Gordon Strachan has been over this course before and he knows that there are seven equally challenging games ahead for his players and he also knows what it takes to win this League. "It takes everything," he said. "You are tested everywhere - mentally, physically, technically. You never know when you need that certain character or more ability. When it comes along you will know it and you will find out if you have enough. It might just come instantly, it might build up."