Tony Mowbray has urged Gary Caldwell not to "feed the monster" that has chased the Celtic captain to a nightmare start to his season.
Marc-Antoine Fortune and Shaun Maloney both grabbed doubles and Scott McDonald scored as the Hoops cruised to a 5-2 victory over St Johnstone in their Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash at Parkhead. It was, however, another game that Caldwell will want to forget.
The Celtic boss said: "He is an outstanding individual, and I just said to him there, 'Don't be your own worst enemy, don't feed the monster that is chasing you'. Do your job, be consistent, week-in, week-out."
The Celtic defender scored an own goal in the 2-0 Champions League play-off defeat against Arsenal at Parkhead on Tuesday, less than a week after being sent off for Scotland in their 4-0 World Cup qualifying defeat by Norway in Oslo.
And with the home side cruising 2-0 through Fortune's first goal for the Hoops since signing from Nancy in the summer, and a header from Maloney, Caldwell contrived to give Saints a lifeline.
His attempt to head an Alan Main clearance to Glenn Loovens was miscued to Perth striker Collins Samuel who drove a wonderful strike from 25 yards past Artur Boruc. Jody Morris scored a late consolation which also irked Mowbray, who claimed he had no concerns of Fortune's barren spell leading up to the game.
"I would have preferred 5-0," the Celtic boss said "The negative was obviously the goals that we conceded but I was happy that Fortune got off the mark with two clinical finishes.
"Marc has been fine from day one and I have had no concerns about him. It seems to be a media-driven thing that because the boy cost £3million he should be scoring goals every game.
"But I judge him on his quality and work rate and from day one he has given that.
"He has got to add goals and I'm sure he will but I don't think he lives off goals and as long as he contributes to the team I will be happy."
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