Ange says it looks like the same Celtic defence vs Midtjylland as he calls for player response

By John McGinley

July 24, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou says the Bhoys will be going into Wednesday’s match in Denmark with a similar defence to today.

Speaking after a 6-2 hammering to West Ham United, Postecoglou confirmed what he has to work with is, well, what he has to work with.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “We’ve got two players in and we can’t even use them. It’s just the way it is.

“We don’t have any other options in defence. Unless they’ve been hiding from me. I can only play the ones who are available.

“I’m not bringing anyone in before Wednesday and I have to focus on getting a really good performance. 

“I’m not an entertainer, I’m here to hopefully create a culture that maintains the values and traditions of this club and also brings success.”

Given the registration rules, this is nothing we don’t know of course. However, it doesn’t seem he’s planning on making any bold out-of-position player calls this week.

Meanwhile, the manager has called on the players to reflect and respond to today’s defeat over the next three days.

He’s looking for early learning moments that will develop his options in the short term.

Speaking to the official club website, Postecoglou said: “We have three or four days and it’s as much about the players as it is about us. My job is to continually work with them along with the staff to give them the tools they need.

“It’s about them as well. It’s about them growing and understanding what you can and can’t do out on the football field – and what approach you need to take. It’ll be as much about their response as it is about me giving them guidance moving forward.”

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It’s fair to say the shambles of last season and the club’s unpreparedness has put Postecoglou in a deeply difficult position here.

A win against Midtjylland is crucial and Celtic simply haven’t given him the tools to succeed. And ultimately if we go out it will be bound to colour some supporters’ perception of him going forward.

I don’t have much confidence for the trip to Denmark. But we did outplay them in Glasgow on Tuesday, so it’d be silly to completely write us off.

All we can do is hope.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou refuses to criticise booing Celtic fans.