Ange highlights 2 unfairly criticised Celtic players for top displays
Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has moved to highlight both Greg Taylor and Carl Starfelt for praise after unfair criticism in 2022.
Taylor has been an absolute stalwart for the club this year, particularly in Glasgow derby matches where he’s managed to tame James Tavernier’s threat down the right. Starfelt, meanwhile, has been growing in confidence and been bossing it alongside Cameron Carter-Vickers.
Yet despite the impressive performances of both, unfair criticism has come their way this year. David Provan has had the scattergun out for Starfelt all season and that continued earlier this year. He stated Celtic have the best defensive record in Scotland in spite of Starfely, not because of him. Taylor, meanwhile, was singled out by Chris Sutton as the one weak area Celtic need to improve upon this summer [Daily Record].
Both were impressive once again in the 7-0 dismantling of St Johnstone yesterday. And now, Ange has seen fit to big up both for the respective years they’re both having.
As quoted by the National, Ange said: “He [Starfelt] was dealing with a lot of things at a new club and it is testament to his character he just gone with it. After the beginning he had it would have been very easy for him to drop his head.
“Now things have settled, the team has settled and we have started playing our football and he has come along with that. He has grown into his role at the club and it is no coincidence his form for us has been noticed by the Swedish manager. He has been outstanding for us I think his form with us will give us a great chance.
“Greg was unfortunate in that he started the season well for us and I thought he was definitely a player who could play the sort of football we want and contribute for us. He hurt his shoulder which meant he missed a good chunk of the season.
“Since he has done that he is carrying out his role really well for us. He has adapted to the sort of football we want to play and yeah he has been great for us. Like Carl he had a difficult start to the season for a number of reasons but he has rolled his sleeves up and got on with it and it is good to see him playing well.”
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It’s pleasing to see such credit being dished out to 2 players who simply don’t get enough of it. As great as it is to see Ange coming out and hailing them, it shouldn’t be left to him to do it.
The media will happily talk up the likes of Kyogo, Giorgos Giakoumakis, Jota, and Liel Abada to name a few. They’ll even talk up Cameron Carter-Vickers and everything he’s done for us at the back. However, you can’t just forget the impact made by Starfelt this season.
It’s become fashionable to knock him for some reason. Certain pundits seem to get some gratification doing just that. It’s infuriating as a Celtic supporter. It just feels as though Starfelt can’t do anything right at times.
The same goes for Taylor. Just because he isn’t a multi-million pound worth Croatian international doesn’t mean he hasn’t been as influential as Josip Juranovic. You would like to think eyes are being opened to the performance levels of both players after recent displays.
If they aren’t getting the respect they merit at this stage, you wonder what else they need to do. They’re both prime reasons as to why Celtic are closing in on the league championship.
Nobody will have earned their medals more than Taylor and Starfelt if we managed to win them. Hopefully, that’s something that starts to be picked up by media pundits when analysing the stalwarts of this Celtic squad.