Ange delivers the title reality of Celtic derby draw; says rivals "needed to win"

By David Walton

May 1, 2022

Ange Postecoglou has summed today up perfectly as he stated the draw with Rangers at Celtic Park leaves us in a “really strong position”.

The Hoops have maintained their 6-point advantage at the top of the table after a big point against Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side.

It now leaves just 4 points away from winning the Scottish Premiership – an achievement thought unthinkable at the start of the season.

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And as he spoke to BBC Sportsound post-match, Ange spoke about the bigger picture and got it spot on:

“The game got a fair flow in it. Sometimes with these games it can be a little bit stop-start. I think because Rangers needed to win today they needed to come at us and I think that allowed the game to go.

“It was important [not to lose]. We kind of knew that in the context if we didn’t win today then we were still in a good position. We’ve got 3 games to go, we’ve got 2 at home. We’ve been strong all year at home. But getting a draw puts us in a really strong position and with another challenge next week against Hearts, if we put in a strong performance and get the job done then it gets us a step closer and that’s all I can ask for.”

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Celtic succeeded in their job; Rangers failed in theirs

Look, we always go into these Glasgow derby matches wanting a victory. Some will feel after what happened at Hampden that we needed to prove a point today. Yes, to an extent you can understand that viewpoint.

However, let’s not just dismiss the sheer reality of the situation. Celtic are 6 clear of our rivals. We’re absolutely in a dominant position. There are 3 games remaining and we would all like to think that the Hoops will secure maximum points in all 3.

There’s a reason Rangers weren’t bouncing around Celtic Park celebrating their draw today. Sure, their fans will act as some sort of moral victory. But the truth is it’s a result that more or less confirms our title win. The collapse that would need to happen now is even greater than what it was before today’s clash.

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It’s time for Celtic to get the right level of appreciation and respect for getting the job done and being in this position. Hopefully that’s reflected in the media attention it gets.

It’s not exactly the sweetest way to round things off against them. But we didn’t lose the game, and in truth could’ve been out of sight by half-time.

We’ll take it, and we’ll take the rewards that will come with being Premiership champions should we get over the line.

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