Ange Postecoglou names the 'most significant game' in Celtic's title push

By Lewis Laird

May 6, 2022

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has named the Hoops’ emphatic 3-0 win over Rangers as the ‘most significant game’ in this season’s title push.

The former Socceroos boss had led his side to a six-point gap at the top of the Scottish Premiership, heading into the season’s final three games.

A win this weekend against Hearts could put the Bhoys within touching distance of the league title, needing just one point to bring the trophy back to Parkhead.

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There have been many crucial games in this season’s title race, including late victories over the likes of Dundee United and Ross County.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with beIN Sports, Postecoglou has opened up on what he believes is the most significant game of his side’s campaign.

The 56-year old named the 3-0 win over Glasgow rivals Rangers as that game, with victory sending Celtic back to the top of the league.

However, there was pressure on his side that night as a loss would have handed the Ibrox side a six-point advantage of their own in the Premiership title race.

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“Probably the most significant, if I had to pick one, was Rangers at Celtic Park after the break.

“That game, we knew if we won, we’d go top for the first time all year. But also, we knew if we lost, they would get a six-point gap, and I didn’t think we would be able to reel in a six-point gap because they weren’t going to drop too many games.

“The way we played that night, the atmosphere. That just gave us the fuel we needed to kind of make sure we finished strong.”

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It was very much a memorable night for the Celtic support back in February.

Not only was it a crucial win in the title race, but also our first victory in the Glasgow Derby since December 2019. So, it would have been a huge mental victory for this Celtic squad too.

This group of players deserve massive credit for how they have handled high-pressure games, such as that night and the victory at Ibrox.

Despite having their bottle questioned by some in the media, Postecoglou and his players have continued on their brilliant consistent run in the league since September.

So, you can imagine how keen they will be to round things off strongly in the final three games of the season.

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