Ange Postecoglou reacts to promising signs for Celtic in Ostrava

By Lewis Laird

July 13, 2022

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has stated that he was pleased with the nature of this evening’s friendly match-up against Banik Ostrava.

After being invited to take part in the Czech side’s 100th-year celebrations, the Bhoys spoiled the party coming away 4-2 winners.

Despite not earning the result they would have wanted, the home support certainly put on a show and produced a brilliant atmosphere for tonight’s pre-season friendly.

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Postecoglou was left satisfied with his side’s performance as the Hoops continue to go through their preparations for the competitive campaign getting underway later this month.

The nature of tonight’s fixture also pleased the Celtic manager, with his squad going up against a team and crowd who were well up for the contest, which had the feel of a competitive match.

He said [Celtic FC]: “It was a cracking atmosphere; these guys are still going. So, obviously, it was a big occasion for the club and great for us to be a part of it.

“Again, it gave the feel of a real contest, and it was a great exercise for our guys. The game was okay, we started a bit sloppy, and I thought, in general, we were a bit sloppy with some of our passing.

“But, the flip side of that, our good moments were really good and another good game for us.

Ange continued: “I think it’s important for us, Obviously, in pre-season, we don’t have any competitive games this year, and I didn’t want to just play friendly games. Particularly if they’re not played in main stadiums or in front of crowds, I think it loses a little bit.

“So, the last two games have been perfect, and we’ve got Celtic Park on Saturday. So, it’s been a great build-up so far.”

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Selection of Celtic friendly fixtures is no accident.

Those who watched Saturday’s pre-season game against Rapid Vienna will also have realised that draw felt like another very competitive friendly between the two sides.

It may seem like a coincidence. However, with the way Postecoglou has spoken about these games, it is clear this was part of the 56-year-old plan all along.

The former Socceroos boss realised that without Champions League qualifiers, friendlies similar to this evening would be the best way to get his squad up to speed.

And I think we are only going to be reaping the rewards of that forward-thinking on the first day of the Scottish Premiership season.

In other news, It’s clear that Celtic’s Tom Rogic replacement is already at the club.