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Tony Mowbray defends battling Celtic stars after spat

Tony Mowbray has attempted to depict the heated row between Celtic's Artur Boruc and Gary Caldwell on Sunday as evidence of the burning passion within his squad.

The two players were involved in a flashpoint in the first half of the 2-1 win over Hearts when, with Celtic 1-0 down following Suso Santana's early strike, the Glasgow giants almost conceded a second goal.

Caldwell cleared off the line after Boruc had parried an effort from Andrew Driver and the two Celtic players squared up in anger. However, goals from Chris Killen and Glenn Loovens ensured Mowbray's side collected all three points.

The Bhoys boss was unconcerned by the incident as his side overcame a difficult start to respond to their midweek Europa League defeat at the hands of Hapoel Tel Aviv.

"If the supporters see players arguing with each other I would suggest it is because they are passionate about the game,'' Mowbray said. "Certain fans in Tel Aviv didn't think there was enough passion shown, so you can't then complain if footballers are demanding of each other.

"They walked through the door of the dressing room, shook hands and patted each other on the back. It is the emotion of football, it is emotion like the fans get emotional and for me it is a positive.''

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