Ange Postecoglou opens up on the week that changed everything for his Celtic squad
There have been many memorable and arguably season-defining games for Ange Postecoglou’s side.
They have faced plenty of ups and downs across the course of the campaign, including a difficult start, which saw the Hoops fail to win their first three away games in the league.
However, during that period came a crucial week in the season, which the Celtic boss believes helped build trust between himself and his squad.
That week came back at the end of September when Celtic suffered a 4-0 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen before travelling to Pittodrie and picking up the first three points on the road in a 2-1 win against Aberdeen.
Speaking in an interview with beIN Sports, Postecoglou named this week as a point that both himself and the players gained more trust, leading to the success his side have earned this season.
“When we lost to Leverkusen 4-0 in the Europa League at Celtic Park, it wasn’t a 4-0 game. We played some good football on the night against a very good team.
“But we lost 4-0, and when you lose 4-0 at home, that’s never good. But again, I think the players saw that ‘okay, we’re going to persist with this, it’s not going to change, this is who we are going to be’. That helped me build trust with the boys.
“Our first victory away at Aberdeen, cause we hadn’t won away from home since February the previous season, and we didn’t win our first three away games.
“Aberdeen is a tough place to go, so winning away from home, that first win propelled us.”
Postecoglou has mentioned that night against Leverkusen on a few occasions now and clearly sees it as a turning point for his side.
Since that night, this Celtic team has undoubtedly grown into a different animal, going on to lift the Premier Sports Cup and currently sit top of the Scottish Premiership by six points.
Despite suffering such a disappointing defeat in the early stages of the Europa League, that night at Celtic Park might just have been the moment everything came together for Ange and his players.
Sometimes, to get to where we want to be, you have to suffer, and that’s precisely what this Celtic team have done after a stuttering start to the campaign.