Craig Levein bizarrely mines negativity from emphatic Celtic win

By Euan Davidson

December 5, 2021

Craig Levein, a man who once lined Scotland up without any strikers, has mined negativity from a Celtic perspective after a 3-0 win.

Levein, a pundit on the BBC Sportsound coverage today, admitted Celtic played some excellent football, and could’ve scored 6 or 7.

However, he did say one thing which sounds incredibly jarring given the month we’re in and the nature of the result.

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Levein, former Hearts, Dundee United and Leicester manager said [BBC Sportsound]:

“If this league goes down to goal difference, Ange Postecoglou will be furious with this.”

Celtic won the game through a wonder-goal from Tom Rogic, a lovely chip and tap from David Turnbull, and a fine first-time finish from substitute Liam Scales. The Hoops had 26 shots on goal [WhoScored?], with 12 corners and total domination of the ball.

In an exceptional display, Celtic could’ve scored more, yes. However, it’s unlikely that in his reaction to today, he’ll be thinking about the league finishing.

It’s December. The plan will be, for Ange Postecoglou at least, to win this league title comfortably, by continuing to win games and keep the opposition far from our goal. It was also another clean sheet – something that might help the goal difference in its own way, if we’re humouring that.

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An odd comment from Craig Levein on Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic

You’d be hard-pressed to find any Celtic fan criticising the team for not scoring enough today. We won the game 3-0. It’d be genuinely strange to find any problem with how that game went.

70% possession away from home at any stadium is fantastic work. From minute 1 to 90, the Hoops were in total control, and the three goals were stylish in their own way.

Not only that, we did in an environment where Celtic have struggled before. We’ve had some uncomfortable afternoons at Tannadice, especially last season. Tam Courts’ side are no mugs, and will surely improve as the season goes on.

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Fine, Levein was right in the sense that Celtic could’ve scored more. It had all the mood of an absolute doing, the likes we’ve seen the Hoops inflict on Dundee and St Mirren.

But nobody is complaining after that. 3 points, 3 excellent goals and the confidence in knowing this Celtic team can chop and change but still come away with big victories.

Well, almost nobody.

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