Mowbray: It's all about goals

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Tony Mowbray will disregard the depressing statistic which shows Celtic are the most shot-shy side in the Europa League with just 13 accurate attempts on goal in three Group C games.

The Hoops are bottom of the section with one point and take on section leaders Hamburg who went on to top the table on six points with their 1-0 win in Glasgow last month. Before that defeat, Celtic scored in the 2-1 defeat by Hapoel Tel Aviv in Israel and drew 1-1 at home to Rapid Vienna.

The Parkhead boss, who has often used positive statistics to explain some poor results, said: "I'm not interested to be honest. Someone told me on the flight coming over that Juventus have scored three goals in their four matches and have got eight points. It is all about the result, really."

Three points are needed in the Nordbank Arena if the Glasgow side are to have a realistic chance of qualifying but in contrast to the domestic scene, Celtic have evidently struggled in front of goal.

"If we'd won all three games with just three shots you'd all be sitting here all happy," he added. "All I can look at is our league games.

"We've just had 30-odd shots in one game (against Kilmarnock), and maybe 55-60 shots on goal in a week.

"Again, it is about how many goals you score.

"I look at my staff and I look at shots, possession, etc, and that's how you build levels of performance.

"But, ultimately. it is goals that count, and can you win the match."

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