Ange Postecoglou praises Celtic squad for 'extraordinary' efforts reflecting on defeat

By Lewis Laird

September 21, 2022

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has praised his players for their ‘extraordinary’ run of form, which came to an end on Sunday.

Facing off against St Mirren, the Bhoys suffered their first league defeat in almost a year, as Stephen Robinson’s side ran out 2-0 winners in Paisley.

It was an unfamiliar off day for Ange Postecoglou and his players, whose 100% record to kick off the Scottish Premiership season was brought to an end.

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Despite the disappointment of that fixture, the Hoops still sit top of the Scottish Premiership table by two points, and after similar results under Postecoglou, Celtic have bounced back each time.

After a few days of reflecting upon the result, the Celtic manager has been discussing his feelings with Australian media following the loss to St Mirren.

The 57-year-old opened up on how proud he was of his player’s efforts during the 38-game unbeaten run in the league and insisted they will learn from that result and performance.

He said [CODE Sports]: “I don’t take losses well, never have, be it my first job at South Melbourne or now.

“If I knew we were going to win all the time, I’d get bored of it pretty quickly. We’ve got to sit on it for a couple of weeks, but at the same time, we’ve been on an extraordinary run.

“The players have been unbelievable over the last 15-16 months with the progress we’ve made, and this is just part of it. Learn from it, grow from it and come back stronger.”

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He continued: “The next game for the club is not too far from my mind while I’m here. We’ve still got a few guys back home that are training with the rest of the coaching squad.

“When we get back, we’ve got something like 15 games in six, seven weeks. That’s a game every three days, including Champions League games. Between now and the World Cup, or when we come here, it’s an enormous program. For us, it’s a pretty pivotal part of the season. I’m looking forward to getting back into it.”

Celtic squad have shown they can bounce back previous and will do so again.

As mentioned, after any sign of adversity under Ange Postecoglou last campaign, the Bhoys were able to learn from it and come out stronger on the other side.

Some of our most valuable lessons have come during defeat, including a heavy 4-0 loss against Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League.

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Before the St Mirren game, our last league defeat came to the hands of Livingston in September 2021. At that stage, who could have envisioned this squad going on an almost 12-month unbeaten run.

Whilst we have around two weeks to sit on the disappointment of the St Mirren game, it is also a chance for those involved to learn and come back even better upon their return.

I have every faith that Ange and his squad will do exactly that as we prepare for a busy run of fixtures in October and November.

In other news, Celtic boss produces brilliant response to Harry Kewell question.