Hibs boss Colin Calderwood demands more 'backbone'

James Forrest scores to make it 2-1 for Celtic at Easter Road
Hibs were swept aside by Celtic in the second half at Easter Road

Colin Calderwood wants Hibs to show more resolve when they face Celtic for a second time this week on Saturday.

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"We'll have to use the ball with a bit more quality and care and be able to be under pressure," said the manager

"Celtic will undoubtedly put our goal under threat and we've got to get through it."

Calderwood's side travel to Celtic Park at the weekend, having meekly surrendered their lead in Edinburgh after the interval.

"They'll go for us on Saturday and we've got to be ready for that," he said.

"We got washed away for 20 minutes in the second half and the excellence of Celtic was there for all to see.

"But I still believe we can do better.

"We shouldn't have put our fans through so much hope and then to let them down as much as we did in the second half.

"We've got to have the character, the backbone and the gumption to make sure that doesn't happen."

Calderwood revealed that he was at a low ebb travelling to training but believes his players can make amends for their collapse at Easter Road.

He added: "I was thinking too much about last night still. You've got to get rid of that.

"We've got to lift ourselves and get back in the action.

"We go back to our conquerors again and that will be a real test in all sorts of ways.

"We're going to have to cover ourselves in a bit more glory than we did throughout the 90 minutes.

"We were able to get ahead against Celtic and played good counter-attacking football. You can see the game transpiring like that at Parkhead.

"In the difficult periods, what I want to see is an improvement of us being able to get through it."

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