Ange Postecoglou describes Celtic as "terrible" as he addresses away form reality
Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou admits it’s results, not performances, that matter for the Bhoys in the Scottish Premiership this season.
The defeat to Livingston today means we’ve won three and lost three in our opening six games. Not a single point has been picked up away from home.
And Postecoglou knows that record isn’t good enough heading deeper into the season. Celtic are already four points behind title rivals Rangers and sit in sixth position.
Playing catch-up so early is far from ideal, especially since the Ibrox side have dropped points in two games already themselves.
As quoted by The Daily Record after today’s game, Postecoglou addressed the away form, saying: “Does something have to change away from home? If we play like today, then yes. In the other away games we were well in the games and played well. But you know what? If we don’t get results away from home then we can’t be successful, so that’s still got to change.
“Irrespective of what I think about performances, we’ve still got to get the results, and that’s the reality of it. Until we tackle that in the right way, then we’re going to have this problem.
“Our front third play was poor, it was probably the poorest it’s been all year. We’ve obviously had some issues defensively, but I just thought today in the front half we were terrible.
“That was everybody, not just the strikers or the attacking players, we lacked a real conviction in going forward to be positive. That falls on me to get it right.”
The problem for Celtic is that it doesn’t get any easier away from home in the near future. The Bhoys now have three games at home against Raith Rovers, Dundee United and Bayer Leverkusen.
After that, it’s off to Pittodrie before the international break to face Aberdeen. Regardless of their form, that will be a difficult encounter.
Then, after the next international break, we head to Motherwell and Hibernian in October. If I’m brutally honest, those look like tough asks for this team as it stands.
Thankfully we have injury returns to look forward to that will give us a different dimension, but given our depth issues, there are no guarantees that injuries are kind to us throughout the campaign.
As Ange says, the reality is simple, we need to find a way to win on the road.