Ange Postecoglou delivers unfiltered truth about Celtic after Leverkusen defeat

By John McGinley

November 25, 2021

Ange Postecoglou couldn’t hide his disappointment after tonight’s Celtic defeat at the hands of Bayer Leverkusen, despite positive signs of progress against the Germans.

It was only eight weeks ago that Leverkusen dished out a 4-0 defeat to the Bhoys on our own patch at Celtic Park. So for the team to travel away tonight and give them a scare is a credit to the progress that has been made under the manager recently.

However, the Australian doesn’t hide the truth when addressing the media or supporters and gave an unvarnished verdict of where this team are right now.

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Speaking to Celtic TV, he said: “It’s a tough one, we kind of hung in there and gave ourselves a chance to pull off a great result, but ultimately they are a good team. We just didn’t finish the game off in the way that we could’ve. But credit to the players as Leverkusen are a fantastic team and we came to their backyard and gave them a game.

“We couldn’t control the game like we wanted to because they have quality in their side and are always a threat on the counter-attack, and we had to be a bit wary about that.

“It was disappointing for the players as they put in a massive effort, but there’s still a gap between us and them, and that’s what we need to bridge. In all our European games we’ve taken it to some very good opponents.

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“We know there’s a gap between us and the best, but we will bridge that gap if we keep taking this approach whenever we play these teams. They knocked us off 4-0 at home and we gave them a bit of a fright here – hopefully next time that gap’s even smaller.”

And that is the truth after all. Celtic simply aren’t at the level of Bayer Leverkusen and there is no shame in that.

They are the only team to have beaten us for two months. They do want Postecoglou wants Celtic to do, and they do it better. The quality of our squad doesn’t allow us to reach those levels yet.

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It’s a positive sign that Postecoglou, in many ways, aspires to be a Leverkusen-style team. We can be a thorn for other sides at all levels if we follow this trajectory and add better players to the mix in January and beyond.

There are signs we are moving forward despite dropping into the Conference League.

In other news, BT Sport release statement on Celtic Park broadcast; rivals look very daft.