Ange Postecoglou addresses the half-time chat that inspired Celtic to 7-0 rout
Ange Postecoglou has stated that keeping the tempo high and not dropping off was a message emphasised at half-time yesterday.
Celtic dismantled St Johnstone in an impressive 7-0 rout at Parkhead. It was a result that sent shockwaves and made a mockery of the idea that complacency could creep into the Hoops’ game.
In recent weeks, Celtic have managed to build themselves a lead before stepping off in the second 45. It was evident in our last home match against Ross County when we were 3-0 up before half-time only to net just the one goal in the second 45.
Yesterday, the Hoops came out and smashed home 4 in the second half to ensure supporters in attendance were given a true 90-minute show. And it’s clear it was something pushed by the manager at the break yesterday.
As quoted by the Sunday Mail [print edition, 10/04, page 71], Ange said: “We were on it from the start. It was a danger game for us as St Johnstone were on good form and are hard to break down.
“We needed to start well and, like a lot of games, we were on top early but it was good to see us keep going. At half-time we spoke about that because it was a game we could’ve seen out comfortably. There are a couple of things at work – one is the players, who consistently try to push themselves.
“We also had some quality coming off the bench, which helps too.”
Celtic didn’t disappoint their supporters as they gave them a 90-minute show
Credit to Ange and the Bhoys for yesterday. So many managers would’ve just instilled into their side that all that matters is the 3 points. That performances at this stage of the season don’t really come into the equation.
At times we’re in danger of forgetting that football is an actually supposed to be about entertainment. Yes, winning games will always be the main priority. But it’s about giving the supporters 90 minutes of enjoyment.
Watching Celtic aimlessly passing about at 3-0 ahead isn’t particularly enjoyable. We saw plenty of that in the later stages under Brendan Rodgers and at times when Neil Lennon was manager. Ange seems to be of a different mindset, and it showed yesterday.
Celtic supporters got to the end of yesterday’s game and didn’t want it to end. There was an expectancy that goal after goal was just around the corner. The intensity played by the Hoops was something we haven’t seen all season. This was a new level here, and the supporters knew it.
Next up for Celtic is a Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers at Hampden. When is the last time we’ve gone into a derby match feeling as good about ourselves as we are at the moment?
Hopefully, it all points to another big Celtic win under Ange. There’s something special brewing here, and victory on Sunday would put an added spring in our step.