Brutal honesty best policy from Celtic boss Postecoglou after bore draw

By Euan Davidson

December 23, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou was brutally honest after a disappointing result against St Mirren last night, saying the Buddies’ team selection was “irrelevant”.

St Mirren had been rocked by Covid-19 absences, although not to the extent we were led to believe. While they were forced to play some youth players, it was still a decent St Mirren side last night. However, Ange Postecoglou is looking for no excuses to get Celtic out of the spotlight.

Simply put, he says, it was a game Celtic ought to have won. And he’s not wrong either. Celtic had 30 shots, 16 corners and 83% possession in a dominant showing [Fotmob]. Yet, no goals, and that’s the obvious frustration for Postecoglou.

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And you could tell from his post-match interview that he wasn’t best pleased. He insisted that St Mirren’s woes didn’t matter one iota in the context of the game, and there’ll have been some robust feedback for his players at full-time.

Postecoglou told Sky Sports: “You don’t know who’s going to be available for them. Irrespective of their line-up, it’s kind of irrelevant when a game goes like that.

“It’s a game you should win.

“We’re left with that bad feeling, because we created enough chances to win three games. [We] just lacked a bit of composure and a little bit of quality in that front third to finish it off.”

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Honesty from Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou is the best policy

One of the things we like about Ange Postecoglou? He tells it like it is. There’s no obfuscation, blaming external factors or bemoaning governance. We should’ve won the game, end of.

You could argue hypothetically that, if Celtic knew about the winter break earlier, Ange might’ve put a different team out. But the players that weren’t at the SMiSA last night weren’t there for a reason.

Being lied to after a game like that would’ve been unpalatable. Some sentiment about how the performance was still really good, or how we were cheated in some way wouldn’t have gone down well at all. The truth is, we were poor. There was more than enough quality and opportunity to have won the game last night.

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Now, it’s onto new challenges.

St Johnstone await Postecoglou and Celtic on Sunday, before a winter break that’s been brought forward.

Ending for two weeks on a victory would be the perfect preparation for 2022. That’s got to be the focus now, and Ange knows that better than anyone.

Read more: The important lesson Celtic need to take from St Mirren disappointment