Ange Postecoglou sends strong message to Celtic fringe players ahead of Betis

By John McGinley

December 9, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has urged the fringe players used tonight against Real Betis to show they are ready for more action in the weeks and months to come.

Postecoglou has confirmed there will be rotation in the team tonight given there is nothing on line for Celtic but a bit of prize cash and co-efficient points.

However, the Celtic boss has reminded those coming into the starting eleven that the game is still important for the club and for their personal ambitions.

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As quoted by The Glasgow Times, he said: “It’s a good test for us and an opportunity to measure ourselves against a quality team. I’ll be making some changes and it’s an opportunity to rest some guys who have played a lot of football and to give others who haven’t played as much recently some game time. Playing against a quality team will be invaluable for us.

“The players who we put out are all Celtic players. They train with us every day and they represent this football club. We expect them to uphold our standards and play the football we want. It’s an important game.

“We’ve already had a couple of injuries and we have these games coming up – I need guys to be ready. You saw Liam Scales. He hasn’t played much but he came on for 15 minutes on Sunday and made a real impact. We need other guys to do that and this game is an opportunity to show they are ready.”

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You’d be as well throwing darts at a board than try to predict tonight’s exact eleven but it’s almost guaranteed to be interesting.

Will see a change of goalkeeper? A new attack? A youthful defence? There’s a variety of ways Postecoglou could go tonight for the visit of the Spaniards.

Betis too are likely to rotate, so I’m looking forward to a fairly pressure-free 90 minutes of exciting football from two attacking teams.

Three points would be nice too, wouldn’t it?

In other news, John Kennedy must be having a long, hard think about his Celtic future today.