Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou addresses rival's gruelling 120 minutes with class answer

By John McGinley

April 15, 2022

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou doesn’t want his team falling into the trap of thinking Sunday’s match will be easier against Rangers because they played in Europe last night.

Rangers came through a gruelling 120-minute test against Braga in the UEFA Europa League, eventually progressing after extra time.

Asked about any advantage his team may hold on Sunday as a result, Postecoglou provided a typically class answer.

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He told a press conference [Celtic YouTube]: “I think if you fall into the trap of looking for some sort of advantage or looking for some sort of weakness – that’s the where the pitfalls are.

“We expect to play every opponent at their absolute best. We don’t think we’re going to go out there on Sunday and because Rangers had a big game last night that they’re going to be something less than what they can be.

“We’ll go out there preparing for them to be the best they can be – as we have in every game against them or any opposition. That means we prepare ourselves to be the best we can be.

“They’ll obviously be pretty buoyed after the result last night and they could play their best game of the year against us on Sunday. If we’re not ready for that we’re going to pay a price. We’ll be ready for a strong opponent and that means we’ll go in there also prepared to play our best game of the year.”

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Celtic are clearly on the same page across the board here as Postecoglou’s answer was similar to the one Joe Hart gave earlier this afternoon. This Celtic group doesn’t mess about.

This is exactly the messaging we want to hear from the Bhoys ahead of this one. Give no mercy, feel no complacency, go strong and focus on ourselves.

I definitely didn’t expect to hear anything different from the manager today.

Celtic need to start the Hampden clash with the kind of intensity that blew St Johnstone away last week. We can’t afford a slow beginning like the one at Ibrox.

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