Video: Ange Postecoglou gives match verdict to John Hartson & Ally McCoist after Celtic win

By John McGinley

January 14, 2023

Ange Postecoglou gave his post-match Celtic interview to John Hartson, Ally McCoist and presenter Emma Dodds after the Bhoys beat Kilmarnock 2-0 at Hampden.

Goals from Daizen Maeda and Giorgos Giakoumakis powered Celtic to victory over the Ayrshire outfit, setting up a huge clash against Aberdeen or Rangers in the final.

Postecoglou was obviously happy with the day’s work and gave credit to his team for coming through tough conditions and a difficult pitch to find the win.

He said, live on Viaplay Sports: “We had to earn it today. Rightly so, it’s the semi-final of a cup. Credit to Derek McInnes’ and his boys, they gave everything today.

“It was difficult conditions, the pitch isn’t in great nick at all. We had to fight today. But it’s a part of this team that’s important as well, it’s not just about their football, it’s about doing what they need to do to win the game.

“Kilmarnock stuck to their task and made it difficult for us. You could tell the boys were struggling with the surface and trying to get any kind of rhythm. They were having to take an extra touch to get the ball under control.

“Semi-finals are always tight, there are always fine margins. To be honest I thought it was going to end up 1-0 but we got a good goal at the end.

“When you join this football club, winning is the expectation. That’s the responsibility you have as manager of Celtic. For us, this year is about winning every game of football we play in. It’s up to us to claim the trophy.”

That cup final will be played on Sunday, February 26th and everyone with an interest in Celtic will, of course, be watching closely tomorrow to see who makes it through to face us.

Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Whether it’s Aberdeen or Rangers, the Bhoys will likely go into the occasion as favourites. Facing the Ibrox side would add extra spice, but the Dons would be hungry for victory too.

As today showed, any team can give us a good game at Hampden, especially on that pitch. A big final awaits us!

In other news, Maeda’s confidence, Hampden chaos: 3 things we learned as Celtic beat Kilmarnock.