Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou isn’t expecting an easy game against Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Saturday, despite the difference in the two clubs’ standing.
More than a few observers will be expecting the Bhoys to win the Scottish Cup final and lift the treble, but when it was put to the Bhoys boss that some are tipping it to be a ‘walkover’ over the Championship side, Postecoglou made it clear that kind of chat is not in his or his squad’s thinking.
The Australian told Celtic TV: “The people I’ve spoken to at this club don’t tell me about that, they tell me about the past results against them, which makes you realise that if you are not on it on the day you can be beaten and there are consequences to that. I can assure you no-one in the building here is going into it with anything other than the approach that we’ve got to be at our absolute best to win on the day.
“Like every other team, we’ve scouted them since we knew they were going to be our opponent. It’s a bit of a weird one for them, they won’t have had a game for close to a month by the time the cup final comes around. I’m sure they have been working away and had bounce games when they can.
“It’s a different opponent for us but, irrespective, it’s a cup final. Who the opponent is becomes secondary to the fact that you know you need to perform on the day and if you do there is a massive reward at the end of it.”
This is exactly the kind of attitude we want to hear in the build-up to such an important game. We wouldn’t expect less from Postecoglou either.
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No Celtic fan needs a reminder of the kind of cup upsets Inverness have been capable of as a club over the last 20 or so years. If we have an off day, anything is possible.
However, seeing the team get back to such blistering form at the weekend against Aberdeen will have calmed any nerves surfacing within the support in recent weeks. If Celtic play like that, they’ll have too much for Billy Dodds’ side, make no mistake.