Ange Postecoglou is 3 games away from breaking a 12-month Celtic frustration

By David Walton

October 27, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has certainly been impressing since his shock summer move from Yokohama F Marinos, with Hoops fans seeing major signs of progress.

The successful summer transfer window was a fine start. Bringing in experienced players ready to make an immediate impact whilst getting rid of the deadwood and those who didn’t want to be here.

Managing to rebuild the careers of last season’s struggling Celtic performers such as Anthony Ralston and Tom Rogic is just as impressive. This man’s ability to get a tune out of anyone that can kick a ball has certainly led to plenty of admiration coming his way from the Parkhead faithful.

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But at the end of the day, it all comes down to results on the pitch. None of the above would matter if Celtic were stumbling left, right and centre on the pitch. Fortunately, he’s managed to avoid just that.

So far, he’s already gone on a winning run of 6 games. That came back in August after an opening day Premiership loss to Hearts. He can come to within 1 game of matching that tonight if Celtic win at Easter Road – meaning he’ll be on close to his best run of form since his summer appointment if we can nab the 3 points.

However, in what should be an even bigger target for him over the next 3 matches, he can end a 13-month run that would be the biggest sign of progress under Ange yet.

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Ange Postecoglou should have his sights set on 7 consecutive Celtic wins

If Celtic win their next 3 games against Hibs, Livingston, and Ferencvaros respectively, that’ll take us to 7 consecutive victories. It’ll be the first time the club has managed to achieve such a run since October 2020 under Neil Lennon.

That’s a sign of just how poor last term was of course. The inconsistency that plagued Celtic throughout that season ended up doing our title charge in. And very early on too.

The biggest winning run we went on last term was a series of 8. That came during the run mentioned above before a loss to Rangers ended the streak in October. Lennon would also manage runs of 6 and 5 consecutive wins at different stages of the campaign.

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Postecoglou doesn’t appear to be the kind of figure that gets too wound up with regards to winning runs or targets. The league table both domestically and in Europe will paint the main picture. But for supporters, winning the next 3 would be a crucial step in securing more of their trust.

It will be solid evidence that we’re performing to a more successful degree than we were for large spells last season. Whilst we all believe that to be the case regardless, we’ve still to seriously bag the run of results that gives us solid evidence of it.

Hibs at Easter Road followed by Livi at home and Ferencvaros in Hungary. It’s certainly not an easy trio of matches. But this Celtic team has the quality to get 9 points out of 9 – let’s see if we have the mentality.

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