Ange Postecoglou can snap 3 Celtic hoodoos within 60 days

By David Walton

June 16, 2021

Ange Postecoglou could be forgiven for looking at the Celtic fixture list and rolling his eyes.

It’s not exactly a smooth introduction to Scottish football, is it? He’s not been gifted with a home trip to Ross County before a trip to Dundee and then another home clash against St Mirren. With all due respect to those clubs, we have some meaty assignments on our hands straight off the bat [SPFL].

The trips to Tynecastle and Ibrox immediately stand out. Two matches where three points would go a long way to boosting our title credentials. Two matches in which a huge statement can be sent.

The game against Rangers in particular is huge for so many reasons. Yes, there’s the chance to gain three points and go ahead of our rivals early on. However, it’s a chance to finally end our derby drought. Whisper it quietly, but we haven’t won a Glasgow derby since December 2019. Our 1-0 Betfred Cup final win against Rangers was the last time we tasted success in this fixture.

A win against our rivals would end a six-game winless streak. It’s absolutely crucial Postecoglou manages to snap that hoodoo and send a statement of intent to Rangers.

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Ange Postecoglou has a chance to end several Celtic hoodoos

But there are two more hoodoos that will come at him quickly after the Ibrox contest.

21 days later, Celtic will take a trip to the increasingly frustrating Tony Macaroni Arena to face Livingston. Incredibly, we’ve failed to win there since Livi were promoted in the summer of 2018.

The Hoops have travelled to West Lothian on four occasions since then. So far, we’ve picked up three draws and one defeat. On two of those occasions we failed to even find the net. Not to mention we’ve conceded a staggering six goals in those four matches.

The Tony Macaroni represents the only astroturf surface left in the Premiership. That has likely played a part in our frustrations against Livi since their promotion, but that’s no excuse. Rangers haven’t had the same problems, so we need to adapt and quickly.

If Postecoglou can win that one, it’ll again go a long way to him proving his worth to the supporters. Especially given Brendan Rodgers and Neil Lennon failed to crack the West Lothian conundrum.

Easter Road continues to haunt Celtic

39 days later Celtic are scheduled to head to Easter Road to face Hibernian. The Hoops have an even more frustrating record there than we do at Livingston.

Hibs were promoted back to the Premiership back in 2017. Celtic haven’t won there since in the league since. In fact, the last time we left Leith with the victory came back in January 2014.

Not that we haven’t had our opportunities mind. Celtic have been to Easter Road a staggering seven times since their promotion. A frustrating two of those have ended in defeat, with five producing stalemates.

Celtic just can’t get over the line at Easter Road / (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

We did manage to knock Hibs out of the Scottish Cup on their own turf under Lennon back in February 2019. However, that’s been the limit of our success there in recent years.

Hibs played a key role in halting our 10-in-a-row push last season. There should be plenty of motivation to bag another three points there and finally get that particular monkey off our back.

The trips to Rangers, Livingston, and Hibs all come within 60 days of each other. Just over 8 weeks separate the fixtures, giving Postecoglou a glorious chance to end several hoodoos close together.

Make no mistake, victory in all three of them would be a massive feather in his cap.

In other news, SPFL Chief Executive Neil Doncaster has addressed the strange Hearts vs Celtic 8pm time slot.