ALLAN Walker believes Raith Rovers did themselves proud at Parkhead despite a convincing defeat on Tuesday night.
Rovers went down 4-1 to a strong Celtic side packed with Champions League stars in the Scottish Communities Cup third round clash.
Walker, who scored a first half equaliser, reckons the team can only benefit from the experience.
“I thought we did the club proud,” the club captain told the Press.
“We were disappointed with the goals we gave away but the movement of the Celtic players was different class.
“They were that much sharper than us, but that’s why they are champions.
“I’m sure everyone connected with the club enjoyed the experience and watching how football should really be played.
“They have a great ability to take the ball under pressure and they are all big strong boys. That’s what you’ve got the strive for.
“Young players coming into our team like Ross Callachan and Reece Donaldson have to look at that and say ‘it could be us’.
“They’re still young kids and have a right good chance to get to that if they work hard.
“Hopefully everyone from the manager down has learned something from the game.”
Walker believes there are also positives for Raith to take from the 90 minutes.
He said: “We’ve not sat back. We’ve had a go – and scored a goal.
“Many teams will come here and not score. Somebody was saying to me it’s the best Celtic have attacked all season.
“We’re happy with how we played - it was just a couple of wee slack passes and dropping runners that resulted in goals.”
Walker has supported Celtic all his life and was delighted to mark the occasion with a goal.
“I came to Parkhead every week as a boyhood Celtic fan and my family were in the crowd so it was great to get a goal,” he beamed.
“That’s what dreams are made of. If we could have hung on until half-time you never know what could’ve happened.”
Walker will come back down from cloud nine to focus on the next league match - Saturday’s visit of league leaders Partick Thistle.
“It’s another big game and we‘ve got to motivate ourselves again,” he said. “Partick are unbeaten so we look at it as another scalp.
“We’re undefeated at home in this year and we’re looking to keep that going.
“The boys will be buzzing, the gaffer will have us right, and we’ll go out and try to win that game.”
Rovers will also be looking for revenge for the recent Ramsdens Cup thrashing at Firhill.
“They had their full strength 11 out that day and we had a couple of injuries and suspensions,” Walker said.
“There was nothing in the game until the first goal, and then when we pushed forward that hit us with two counter attacks.
“The first goal is important in any Division One game no matter who you are playing.
“We’ll be looking to have a solid shape about us, get back to basics, and try to give the home fans a good day out.”