Ange Postecoglou addresses Celtic Park pitch problem

By John McGinley

January 21, 2023

Ange Postecoglou has admitted the condition of the pitch at Celtic Park “isn’t ideal” but has reassured supporters the club are looking to address the problem.

The surface has been sub-par this week in matches against St Mirren and Greenock Morton with Postecoglou noting it was difficult for his players to deal with today – a thought shared by David Turnbull, too.

The Bhoys boss was quick to criticise the surface at Hampden last week as well, noting a slick surface can be very beneficial for the team’s style of play.

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Speaking in a post-match media conference today, Postecoglou said: “It’s not great. I understand the weather has been a challenge around the place.

“At the same time, on our home pitch, we’ve got certain advantages – one is the crowd, the atmosphere and the other thing I think is that it’s a big pitch and it suits our game when it’s in good condition.

“If it’s not, it just makes things a little bit of a struggle for us. It’s not ideal. I know we’re looking to address it, so hopefully we can do that.”

In his own post-match appearance, Turnbull joked he didn’t know whether his goalbound shot was going to go into row z or the back of the net given the surface, highlighting the players’ view on the matter.

Everyone wants the Celtic Park surface to be beautifully green and even – that hasn’t been possible of late.

It can be difficult to solve these problems mid-season but with Celtic not in action at Paradise until February 1st, there’s a window of opportunity to get some good work done. Hopefully we see a difference.

In other news, David Turnbull gives the player view on Josip Juranovic Celtic exit.