Celtic star Callum McGregor is confident boss Brendan Rodgers will bounce back and silence his critics after a tough few weeks.
The Hoops remain 1.22 title favourites this season, despite sitting third in the Scottish Premiership.
Defeats to Hearts and Kilmarnock have unsettled the Celtic camp but they will be determined to leapfrog their rivals come May as they go in search of an eighth successive league title.
Rodgers has enjoyed two successful campaigns in charge but sceptics are claiming his team could struggle both at home and in Europe.
The former Liverpool coach has been linked with the vacant post at Aston Villa after they sacked Steve Bruce but McGregor is expecting him to stay put this season.
The forward believes the criticism is driving Rodgers on and he is confident they will silence their doubters.
He said: “Recently everybody has been giving us a bit of criticism and having a bit of a stab.
That’s because over the last couple of years nobody has been able to say anything about results or performances.
“So everybody is sort of coming for us a bit now. But we know the strength of our group and our manager and know that we can come out of this really well.
“When the criticism is thrown at the manager, it’s in his nature to stay and prove people wrong.
“You want a top manager running your team for as long as you can. For everybody at Celtic, be it fans or players, we want him to stay and we hope he does.”