"Postecoglou deserved that"; Celtic hero Sutton sums up result perfectly
Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton summed it up perfectly when the full-time whistle came against Ferencvaros.
“Ange Postecoglou deserved that”.
There was more to what he said, of course – we’ll get to that, but Sutton, watching the game for BT Sport, said it all in those four words.
After a frustrating half, described as “pretty, but not much punch” by Sutton, the ex-Bhoys striker revelled in the second half display. Postecoglou, having clearly lit a fire up his side, watched as Celtic won 2-0. It could really have been 4 or 5.
The in-game management from Postecoglou was absolutely spot on. A goal up and in the ascendency, the boss brought on Nir Bitton and Giorgos Giakoumakis. It was a perfect double-substitution, with Celtic continuing to control things until full-time.
In the end, it was an important result for Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic revolution, showing all the definitive traits of the Greek-Aussie’s attacking style, all while keeping a clean sheet.
“Superb display from Celtic. Could have, should have been six. Some of the football was outstanding. Kyogo wonderful goal.
“Players off the bench making an impact. Ange Postecoglou deserved that. Tuesday afternoon football can’t become a thing though…”
Kyogo’s goal was, indeed, wonderful. Taking a perfect pass from Jota on the counter, the Japanese international took the ball with a sublime first touch, then put it past the Ferencvaros goalkeeper.
It was exactly what Celtic deserved for their efforts. Then, Turnbull made it 2-0, with substitutes like Mikey Johnston, Giorgos Giakoumakis and Nir Bitton making an impact.
Incisive, beautiful football, and a big three points for the Bhoys in Europe. Hardly a bad afternoon’s work, but we’d prefer to keep the Tuesday PM kick-offs to a minimum until next season.
Chris Sutton is bang on: Celtic manager Postecoglou deserved that result 100%
If the Aberdeen result was a turn in our fortunes, then today was maybe even more significant.
Having taken some beatings at home in recent years, there was no option but to win this one. The Leverkusen result was humbling, this result was galvanising.
“Ange-ball” is still a while off being perfected, and you can bet the manager won’t be entirely satisfied just yet. But in terms of his early tenure, this is a fantastic result for the manager.
The urgency in the second-half was immense, but not without the tidy passing and aggression of a frustrating first. It was as good a half of football as we’ve seen under Postecoglou.
Sutton had one of the best seats in the house. Now, he’ll be looking on as Postecoglou attempts to build more momentum, doing it his way all the while.
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