Ange Postecoglou's unmentioned Celtic achievement that's flown under the radar
As Ange Postecoglou continues to take well-deserved plaudits for his Celtic achievements, one appears to have flown under the radar.
Celtic wowed everyone by overtaking Rangers at the top of the Premiership earlier this year. Not many had us down for League Cup success in the summer either. Not to mention we were expected to simply write off European football for the year too.
However, Ange has managed to get positive results in multiple competitions this year. So much so that even at this stage he’s already outperformed in every competition we’ve qualified for compared to last year.
The League Cup, for example, is easy to explain. Last season under Neil Lennon, we were bundled out at the second round by Ross County. This year, we went all the way and reclaimed it under Ange in impressive fashion.
Many believe Europe is where we need to improve upon next season, and there is reason to believe that will be the next step for us. But even so, look at the way in which we performed compared to the settled squad we had last year.
Ange ended his Europa League tenure having managed 3 wins and 9 points from the group stages. Last year, we only managed 1 win and suffered 5 defeats. That’s a 6-point difference this season in what was just as difficult a group compared to last term.
Celtic shining in every competition compared to last season
As for the Premiership? We’ve already overtaken last season’s points total of 77. Ange managed that as far back as the 2-1 win at Ibrox. Right now, we’re on 85 points, meaning we’ve already overshot it by 8 points. Win all our remaining games and we’ll be a full 20 points better off than last year.
What’s scary about this is the fact that 11 of the 17 points we’ve dropped this term came before we had a settled squad. Had we had this current squad stretching back to the start of the season, we would likely have accumulated even more points.
Even in the Scottish Cup, granted that ended in disappointment, but even at that we still managed to progress past 2 rounds more than we did last season when we didn’t even reach Hampden.
Stretch back a year ago and we’ve outperformed ourselves in every competition we were in. If that’s not the definition of self-improvement then I don’t know what is.
Goodness knows how much more of a points total we’ll have accumulated come the end of the campaign. But there’s enough there to show you that Celtic are on the right track under Ange, regardless of how the title race ends.
All credit to the manager, his backroom team, and the playing staff for such a superb achievement. Some will say it says more about how bad we were last season more than anything, but it’s clear we’ve come on leaps and bounds. That’s all that matters.