Ange lauds substitutions and depth of Celtic squad; shares brilliant man-management message
Ange Postecoglou shared the message he gives his Celtic players after some excellent substitutions were made against St Mirren.
Yosuke Ideguchi, Tom Rogic, Karamoko Dembele, Nir Bitton and James Forrest all contributed late on, with Celtic very much in control against the Buddies.
In a 2-0 win, there were multiple encouraging signs. Scoring from a set-piece, a solid defensive performance and some cameos from returning players, for example. And after managing the game to excellent effect, Ange Postecoglou has had his say on the players who came off the bench for the Hoops tonight.
In a post-match press conference attended by Hamish Carton of 67 Hail Hail, Ange said: “They were great, really important for us.
“I think they’re going to be important in the run-in. Today, we just needed – we were in control of the game and we just needed a little bit more energy. ‘Cause Reo, and Matty and Liel had worked awfully hard. [The subs] came on and did exactly what I wanted them to do.
“They gave us the outlet to be a threat going forward. It’s going to be important for us. Squad depth is really important in these games, because you know most games are going to be pretty tight. You may need somebody to come on and win a game for you, control a game for you, defend a game for you.
“I keep saying to the guys that if you start or not, if you play 90 minutes or half an hour, your contribution is going to be vital. I thought the subs did really well.”
It’s no wonder these Celtic players love working for Ange Postecoglou when they all feel valued
That’s an excellent bit of man-management from Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou, there. Reminding every one of his players that they’ll be relied upon at some stage keeps everyone sharp and focused on winning the title.
After tonight, the gap is still 3 points [SPFL]. On Sunday, the typically bothersome Tony Macaroni Arena awaits. One of Ange’s few domestic defeats came against Livingston, and it’s a stadium he’ll be desperate to conquer. When we last visited, the squad was stretched pretty thinly, and it showed.
Now, it’s a different picture. The club invested wisely in the January transfer window, and tonight the effect was clear to see. Add in players who have been missing from injury, and the picture is a bright one.
And how couldn’t these players be motivated? Ange Postecoglou came under criticism from the last two results. However, tonight showed it’s obvious his players are working so hard for him. They each know they’re important, whether they play for 20 minutes or for 90.
Keeping the squad focused and happy is going to be crucial. Few teams with low morale have ever won anything.
A winner like Ange Postecoglou knows that.