Tony Mowbray refused to discuss his future after Celtic were
demolished 4-0 by Clydesdale Bank Premier League's second-bottom side St
The Hoops' faint hopes of catching Rangers at the top of the SPL
were all but ended with their first league defeat in Paisley in 21
In the most dramatic of nights, doubles by Andy Dorman and Steven
Thomson ripped apart the beleaguered visitors who finished the game
with six attackers on the park.
The Parkhead side remain 10 points behind their Ibrox rivals who
have two games in hand.
It was Mowbray's 13th defeat of the season but when asked about
his own position, he replied: "I don't think I want to get into that
tonight. I don't think it's a pertinent question.
"I've explained the game, in trying to be positive we lost a few
goals. I take responsibility.
"I left some very young defenders exposed but it was done for the
right reasons. You can look as deep into the result as you want and
it's obviously not a great result but there were positive reasons why it
was a negative result.
"We tried to be positive with the substitution and we suffered at
the other end.
"You are either a brave coach or a negative coach. If you make
those substitutions and it's 3-2 then it's the right thing to do.
"Make those substitutions and you lose two goals then it's the
wrong thing to do. I understand that.
"Obviously it is a disappointing result but I can understand it
in the way that we ended up with six strikers on the pitch.
"It's my nature as a coach, I try to be positive. I am never
happy to be two goals down and by trying to get goals back and we made
"Sometimes it can backfire and you have to take it on the chin."
The travelling fans sloped out of the stadium barely able to
muster jeers but Mowbray said: "This club has got millions of fans all
over the world, some will see what I am trying to do, some won't.
"I understand that, it's the nature of the job.
"I think the fans will be disappointed at the scoreline but the
reasons were positive reasons and hopefully the supporters will
understand the reasons.