"I've got to be honest with you"; Barry Ferguson lauds Celtic, Hatate and Ange ahead of cup meeting

By John McGinley

January 20, 2022

Alloa manager Barry Ferguson has lauded Celtic and Bhoys boss Ange Postecoglou ahead of the Scottish Cup meeting between the two sides on Saturday evening.

Celtic make the trip to Alloa for a 5:30pm kick-off live on Premier Sports. It’s Postecoglou’s first-ever match in the competition but after lifting the Scottish League Cup last month, hopes are high of more silverware.

Ferguson, a former Rangers captain, is obviously hoping for a massive cup upset. However, he’s admitted his team are up against it given the disparity in finances and player quality between the two clubs.

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After watching Celtic on Monday night, the Ibrox icon has been left impressed with the direction of the Bhoys this season.

Speaking on The Go Radio Football Show, Ferguson said: “It [Celtic vs Hibs] was impressive, I’ve got to be honest with you, albeit Hibs should have taken the lead with a gloioius chance for Kevin Nisbet.

“But after that, it was just wave after wave of attack. They played at such a high tempo and obviously the boy in the middle of the park, Hatate, was really impressive, certainly in the first half. We know we are up against it, we are really up against it, but you never know – it is cup football.

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“I think he is going to come full strength, I’d be surprised if he doesn’t come full strength. We have got a way we need to go. We can’t go toe to toe with them, if we go toe to toe with them we are playing right into Celtic’s hands.

“I’m looking forward to it because as a coach I am coming up against a new manager who I’ve been really impressed with the way he has set up.  I am not one of these ones where we are just going to enjoy the occasion. We are going to try to create an upset, although it is going to be very very hard.”

It certainly sounds like it’ll be a game with a very defensive Alloa looking to frustrate Celtic. As is their right.

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No doubt they’ll be taking inspiration from the way teams such as St Mirren and Livingston have managed to secure against Postecoglou’s side this season.

The onus is on Celtic to find a way to break sides like this down. If we’re as sharp as the first half on Monday, we should be able to create the chances necessary to win, even with a rotated team.

Hopefully it’s a cracking cup tie, but not for Ferguson!

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