Ange Postecoglou hails "outstanding" Celtic away form after yet another road win

By Euan Davidson

March 15, 2022

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou was left delighted by another win on the road for the unstoppable Bhoys, after progression in the Scottish Cup was secured against Dundee United.

Postecoglou and his Celtic team have seen remarkable improvement on the road. Between February and October, the Hoops just couldn’t win away from Parkhead. However, we’re unbeaten domestically on our travels since a loss against Livingston, which was avenged at the start of March.

Home and away, across domestic competitions, Celtic have been absolutely imperious through 2022. We’ve drawn just once, against Hibernian at Easter Road; the rest of the games have been vital wins [Sky Sports], despite missing last year’s Player of the Year in David Turnbull, and our top scorer in Kyogo Furuhashi.

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No wonder, then, that Ange Postecoglou was happy with the reversal of Celtic’s fortunes on their travels. He said [Herald]: “After a rocky start, our away form has been outstanding.

“We’ve been to Edinburgh four times, Aberdeen twice, Livingston, we’ve come here again – all tough away fixtures – and the boys have handled it really well.

“Away from home we’re still controlling games and trying to be the team that takes it to the opposition. We don’t take it for granted winning away from – it’s not easy away from home. Being able to handle that has probably been the most important part of our season.   

“We’re going okay, but the key thing now is to finish our stuff off.”

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Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has every right to be satisfied by away form improvement

Given the narratives lobbed around pre-Livingston the other week, another away win is more than welcome for Celtic and Ange Postecoglou.

That mental fragility we’ve seen on the road before has all but gone. People will criticise Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou for having one steadfast approach, but it’s working.

Yes, the Hoops organise and strategise for opponents, but it’s about imposing our will on who we’re facing, and not letting environment play as a factor.

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In Europe, sure, it’s a different story. There have been some successes; a win over Ferencvaros, coming so close at the BayArena, for example, but it’s a work in progress. As it should be – nobody would’ve expected sea change abroad as of yet.

Domestically, though, Celtic are conquering everything before them.

The manager doesn’t tend to bask in the glow of a win very often, and when he does, it’s not for very long. He’s entitled to a wry smile, though, and the opportunity to lay down just how gruelling our away schedule has been this year.

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