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Strachan baffled by Celtic's loss of form

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan believes his team would be looking ahead to a Scottish Cup semi-final and pushing Rangers hard in the league if their recent performances were fully rewarded.

Strachan claims his team have deserved to win each of their last five matches, but Celtic have managed just one victory - 3-0 against Gretna - during that run.

Their cup hopes were shattered by Aberdeen in a quarter-final replay at Parkhead, and last month's defeat to Rangers in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League at Ibrox has contributed to Celtic's slump.

They are seven points behind Rangers, who have a game in hand, in the SPL, and the situation has left Strachan baffled.

'Overall, there's absolutely no doubt that we should have won our last five games,' he told Celtic View. 'Anyone with any sense of fairness would agree with that.

'That's not skipping around anything. I'm having difficulty explaining the results to players and they are all sitting scratching their heads.

'The consoling factor for me at the moment is that I can go on to the training ground on a Monday and say, `I like working with you guys. You are all good football players and you are doing a lot of things right'. Unfortunately at this moment in time we're not winning games.'

Strachan's side are looking to hit back from their 1-0 defeat at home to Motherwell on Saturday, and will face the same opposition in the SPL this Sunday.

Rangers could not take full advantage of Celtic's latest slip, drawing 3-3 at Dundee United, but Strachan said: 'The other result made it worse for me. I don't take any consolation from that fact that we aren't as far behind as we could have been.'