Ange Postecoglou reacts to Moritz Jenz's Celtic debut

By John McGinley

August 6, 2022

Ange Postecoglou was delighted with the debut of Celtic defender Moritz Jenz today after his header pushed the Bhoys on their way to a 3-1 victory against Ross County.

The Bhoys were locked at 1-1 before the big German popped up with a late goal from an excellent Jota cross, sending the away fans behind the goals into raptures.

It was a difficult test for Jenz in his first game for the club but the manager felt he acquitted himself well.

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Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland [17:21], he said: “Yeah, it was great. His overall performance was really good. He’s fitted in well with the group and is training really well. I was happy to give him an opportunity today.

“I thought him and Cameron Carter-Vickers had a different kind of game – they didn’t get challenged too much defensively but had to really be on the ball when we had it.

“It was great for him to get his goal. He is really dominant in the air and hopefully it’s one of many.”

Jenz looked comfortable in possession, especially for his first go, and will only improve with his speed of thought and distribution as he racks up more appearances.

The goal was a fantastic moment for him to share with fans and will fill him with huge confidence heading deeper into the season. It was certainly a great way to announce himself as a starting contender.

Carl Starfelt is still the most likely to get consistent game time alongside Carter-Vickers when he gets back to full match fitness but Jenz, and Stephen Welsh, have both shown they can be relied upon as squad options.

In other news, Misfortune for Stephen Welsh as Celtic absence is explained by Ange Postecoglou.