Ange Postecoglou dismisses December comparison with "first class" Celtic verdict

By Dave Flanigan

August 7, 2022

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has hailed his side’s “first class” reaction in the second half of yesterday’s win over Ross County in Dingwall.

The champions took the lead early in the second half through Kyogo’s first goal of the season, but were pegged back on the hour by Alex Iacovitti’s equaliser, before Mortiz Jenz and Liel Abada secured all three points late on.

As reported by The Scottish Sun, Postecoglou said: “We showed our football last year but also the resilience and determination to overcome any challenge. 

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“When you believe in something as strongly as these guys do, whatever impediment there is in front of us, they feel confident they can overcome.

“The game of football is funny. You can dominate a game and should be comfortably ahead. Then they get a corner and score. You are looking for a reaction, and the reaction was first class.

“Credit to the players, from start to finish we played it on our terms. We were patient when we needed to be and the response to their goal was outstanding. We stuck to the task, played our football, scored another good goal and even then at 2-1 there was no thought of stopping there.”

Postecoglou rebuked the idea that the game mirrored Celtic’s win in the highlands from December, when a 96th minute Anthony Ralston winner was required for all three points.

“Was it similar to December? Our football was a lot better this time,” Postecoglou said. “People can look at the result and think it was close. There was an edge to the game because of the late goal. I felt we were really in control of the game.”

Yesterday’s win was Celtic’s third in a row at the Global Energy Stadium, with Kyogo and Jota scoring a goal each in a 2-0 win in the run-in last season.

Celtic’s win was also their second in a row in this league campaign following last week’s 2-0 victory over Aberdeen, and the champions’ defence of their title looks to be in fine fettle going into next Sunday’s game against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

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