Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou expecting Sunday reaction

By Dave Flanigan

August 27, 2022

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou is taking no comfort from Dundee United’s poor form ahead of his side’s trip to Tannadice tomorrow.

Jack Ross’ team are in a wretched run of form with only a point from their opening four Scottish Premiership games, but Postecoglou is expecting the Tangerines to produce a reaction when the champions come calling.

As reported by The Scotsman, Postecoglou said: “They are struggling, it is the nature of football. If you said a couple of weeks ago after they beat AZ at home that they would be in this situation – but that is the nature of football and that’s how quickly it can change and that’s how quickly it can change again.

Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

“We have to ignore the fact that they are struggling and not think that they are going to come out weakened and make sure we are preparing, as we always do, for them to be at their best, to make it difficult. We know it is not going to be an easy fixture and from our perspective it is important we continue on our form.”

Jack Ross appeared to have gotten his reign on Tayside off to the perfect side with a landmark 1-0 victory over AZ Alkmaar in the Europa Conference League qualifiers, but his side utterly dissolved in the return fixture, losing 7-0 in the Netherlands.

With a home reversal to Livingston seperating the two qualifiers, his side have lost by three goals in both games since, losing 4-1 at Tynecastle and then 3-0 last weekend at home to Ross’ old team St Mirren.

A game not short of narratives

Whilst Postecoglou is right to be wary of giving Dundee United any encouragement to kickstart their flailing season, it’s a game will plenty other potential narratives at play too.

Celtic’s title charge in 2008-09 fell short after a highly publicised and eventually unsuccessful pursuit of then-Hibs striker Steven Fletcher, with the ex-Scotland international now leading the line at Tannadice.

Ex-Celts Tony Watt and Charlie Mulgrew are also first team regulars for the Taysiders who took four points from the champions across five meetings in all competitions last season.

Tannadice also marked the location of Celtic’s title triumph, as a Giorgios Giakoumakis header gave Postecoglou’s side the point needed to get over the line and secure the Scottish Premiership in May.

The Aussie will be keen for his side to return home with the full three points on this occasion, as they look to maintain their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership ahead of a packed fixture schedule.

In other news: Saturday debut for new signing as Celtic B impress with big win in Lowland League