Ange squad management, Welsh's new role; 3 things we learned from thumping Celtic win vs St Mirren

By John McGinley

August 21, 2021

Celtic recorded a thumping 6-0 win vs St Mirren in the Scottish Premiership today.

As we’ve come to expect under Ange Postecoglou, Celtic were rampant from the off, creating chances almost immediately.

A double from Liel Abada and another from David Turnbull broke ten-man St Mirren’s spirit by half-time.

The second half was ultimately what you’d describe as a doddle with Odsonne Edouard, and Turnbull’s hat-trick rounding off the scoring.

So what did we learn from the encounter that will inform us moving forward?

Here are three things we’ve immediately picked out…

Celtic could land three more new recruits this weekend

Celtic could land three more new recruits this weekend
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Postecoglou Celtic squad management vs St Mirren was spot on

As he hinted in his pre-match press conference, the manager wasn’t afraid to rotate the team slightly today, without impacting the threat of the team.

Ryan Christie came in for Tom Rogic and Odsonne Edouard in for James Forrest. It was for the best with massive matches coming up against AZ Alkmaar and Rangers.

What’s more, his use of substitutes was spot on. With the game completely over in the second half, he didn’t waste much time in giving Callum McGregor and Kyogo Furuhashi some crucial rest.

I can’t remember the last time McGregor received that kind of luxury and frankly, it’s another sign that Ange is a vast improvement on the manager of last season.

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Stephen Welsh’s prominent forward role

Stephen Welsh is a central defender and ultimately he will be judged on how well he guards the Celtic goal. However, since he’s come back into the team for Nir Bitton he’s been given new responsibility in Postecoglou’s side.

Welsh is now the centre-half who has a licence to move into the opposition half, whether in possession of the ball or in support of his teammates.

More and more regularly he’s camped 30 or 40 yards out helping move the ball around and allowing more attacking players to make the clever movement that unlocks defences.

It’s an important, and perhaps underrated role. It’s also one we needed a defender to take up after the exit of Kristoffer Ajer. Welsh is doing very well with it right now.

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David Turnbull has no problem fitting into AngeBall

Some of the early chatter about David Turnbull this season seemed to suggest he could struggle in Ange Postecoglou’s system. Clearly, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

The midfielder was outstanding today. Obviously, his hat-trick will steal the headlines but beyond that he was superb. Almost everything good in the Celtic attack went through him at some point.

His shooting technique is as good as I’ve seen at Celtic for years. His vision and clever passing are a thrilling combination too.

He was one of the few bright spots in a dire Celtic team last season. This term he looks like he could be one of the seasonal highlights in a squad full of confidence and quality.

The smile on his face towards the end of the match said it all.

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