Unhappy Ange Postecoglou continues to set high Celtic standards after defeat in Australia

By Lewis Laird

November 17, 2022

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has reacted to his side’s 2-1 defeat against Syndey FC in the opening match of the Sydney Super Cup.

The Hoops support back in Scotland took in an unfamiliar sight, watching Postecoglou’s side in action early in the morning as the game kicked off at 8:45 AM.

The kick-off time wasn’t the only unfamiliar sight on display either, as the Parkhead faithful and those in attendance in Australia watched the Bhoys suffer a 2-1 defeat to the A-League side.

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Kyogo Furuhashi opened the scoring for Celtic after 23 minutes, deflecting an Alexandro Bernabei effort past the helpless Sydney goalkeeper.

However, the home side quickly struck back just minutes later as winger Robert Mak raced through and slotted the ball home past Ben Siegrist.

The Celtic boss made several changes at the break, introducing first-team starters such as Matt O’Riley and Jota, which helped turn the game in our favour.

But, despite being the better of the two sides in the second off, it was Sydney FC who were able to grab the all-important goal to secure victory.

Max Burgess produced a fantastic finish into the far corner after cutting inside Greg Taylor and bending an effort into the side netting.

Speaking directly after his side’s defeat, Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou wasn’t happy with the display he had seen, insisting that his players were ‘well off it’.

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He said [Celtic FC]: “It was fair to say we were nowhere near the level we need to be. It was an entertaining game, plenty of goal-mouth action for both teams.

“But we were well off it today. To Sydney’s credit, especially in the first half, I thought they had the better chances and deserved to win.

“As I said, we were well off it, irrespective of players who have been playing or haven’t been playing. We were nowhere near the level we needed to be.

“In football, if you’re not (at the level you need to be), then you don’t get the outcomes you need. But we’ll recover from this and get ready for Sunday.”

The former Socceroos boss also took a moment to pay tribute to the Celtic fans who were in attendance at today’s match in Sydney, praising their support for the Bhoys.

Postecoglou is now looking to make it up to the Celtic fan base down under, who will return to the Allianz Stadium for the Hoops’ final match against Everton.

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He continued: “Yeah, they were brilliant as always. Whether it’s back home or around the world, our supporters are passionate about the football club, and they always make a great atmosphere.

“Unfortunately, we couldn’t reward them tonight. But, hopefully, we can on Sunday.”

Ange Postecoglou continues to set top-class Celtic standards in friendly action.

Although this morning’s match was just a friendly outing, Ange Postecoglou was still looking to put on a show for those watching around the globe.

The Celtic manager continues to set his top-class standards at the club by berating his players and insisting that they weren’t good enough in the defeat to Sydney.

It could have been easy for Postecoglou to bat off that defeat for many reasons, including it just being a non-competitive matchup or blaming jet-leg for his squad’s slack display.

However, he is always looking for his team to put in a good performance, and despite some solid passages of play, the Bhoys ultimately weren’t at their best today.

I am sure he will have his players fired up and ready to go as he looks to see a better performance against English Premier League opposition on Sunday.

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