Ange Postecoglou delivers his take on why Celtic barely threatened Hibs this afternoon
Ange Postecoglou has delivered his take on why Celtic barely threatened Hibernian at Easter Road this afternoon.
Despite bossing possession and looking the more likely side to nab 3 points, Celtic supporters were left hugely disappointed. Hibs goalkeeper Matt Macey only had a couple of saves to make as we struggled to make the most of our territorial domination.
Daizen Maeda and Liel Abada both worked the Hibs goalkeeper in the first half. Abada again came close late on, but other than that, opportunities were at a premium.
So much so that we ended the match with just 3 shots on target. And as he reflected on our lack of clear-cut opportunities in his Celtic TV interview, Ange believes it was simply down to a crowded penalty area:
“When you’ve got so many bodies in the box, that’s kind of what happens. You need the ball to bounce your way at times and players not getting a helluva lot of space to create. Even the pitch doesn’t help. You need things to go your way, but as I said I can’t question the players’ efforts or the way we played our football.
“You come away from home, there are different ways of getting results. We want to be a team that dominates games and I thought we did that. They didn’t create anything, we just needed the goal at the other end that we just couldn’t get”.
Celtic need to bolster their creativity levels to secure league championship
Personally, it’s difficult to buy this as an acceptable excuse to not be creating chances and scoring goals. We’re effectively saying we failed to do it because a team decided to defend deep against us.
In other words, we’re openly talking about a weakness we have in our game. We saw the same thing when we faced St Mirren back in December and suffered another 0-0 stalemate. It’s hugely frustrating for the support, and there’s a clear creativity issue when it comes to the players.
We know by now that teams in Scotland have absolutely no interest in being expansive against us. Hibs are one of the few who will leave some space, and that was evident in the first half. But as the game wore on they clearly sensed an opportunity of a point and decided to close the game up.
And, once again, we didn’t have the quality to break down a 10-man defence. Why that’s the case needs to be properly addressed by Postecoglou. It’s all well and good saying it’s a reason we didn’t create many chances, but this is hardly the first time it’s happened to us this season.
Title-winning teams always find a way. Today we failed to do so and that, naturally, is a major concern. St Mirren and Livingston [x2] have done the same against us this term. We play both of those sides in our next 2 matches.
Time will tell if we learn from the lessons we clearly haven’t done beforehand.