Ange Postecoglou beams about "year's best football" after Celtic beat Hibernian

By Euan Davidson

October 27, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou seems like a tough man to please, but he had glowing comments for his Bhoys after beating Hibernian.

The Hoops broke a streak of bad results at Easter Road that dates back to 2014, and did so in some style.

Hibs could do absolutely nothing to prevent a front three of Kyogo, Johnston and Jota causing mayhem. But it was the midfielders and defenders too, joining the attack and creating opportunities for Celtic.

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In terms of all-round team displays, you couldn’t really have asked a lot more of Celtic tonight.

The gaffer said [BBC Sportsound, 22.03]:

“First half was probably the best football we’ve played all year. Really fluent, played through the lines, created good chances. [We] scored three goals, could’ve had another three.

“Really pleasing to see, especially here, against a good side. Second half was a different game for us. They threw everything at us, they had to. We had to defend a bit more and work a bit harder in certain areas. Joe made one really good save, but again, it’s stuff we have to do sometimes.

“Especially away from home, just dig in, and sort of get the result we need. But overall, difficult place to come and good to get three points.

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“With those three up front tonight, we felt they had the pace and technical ability to cause them problems. So it was just a matter of getting them the ball in good areas, they do the rest.

“It worked out that way.”

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There was a great deal of trepidation going into this one. Matches against Hibernian, especially at Easter Road, can be momentum killers.

If anything, though, Celtic raised their levels tonight. The inter-play between the midfield and attackers was sublime. Defensively, barring the goal, you couldn’t really have asked for a lot more, especially from Cameron Carter-Vickers.

You’ll forgive us if we get carried away, but Celtic seem to be delivering big result upon big result. Aberdeen seemed like the turning point. But then the Motherwell win. The comfortable beating of Ferencvaros then topped it. And so on we’ve come, and we keep getting better.

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Could it have been more comfortable? Possibly, yes. But the least we would’ve wanted tonight was a positive result.

To take the game to Hibs, and even embarrass them to the degree we did in the first-half? Sublime.

Postecoglou doesn’t seem like the type to rest on his laurels. But he’s quite entitled to a wry smile in the knowledge that he’s proving plenty of critics wrong, and delighting the Celtic supporters.

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