Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou honestly addresses 6-point gap to rivals

By John McGinley

December 24, 2021

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou is still paying little attention to the points situation at the top of the Scottish Premiership despite dropping to six behind rivals Rangers.

A draw against St Mirren on Wednesday means the team failed to retain the four-point gap to the league leaders that has held for a number of weeks.

Undoubtedly it was a blow but, despite some people’s assertions, not a critical one and still very much salvageable.

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The six-point gap was put to Postecoglou by Sky Sports as part of their pre-St Johnstone coverage yesterday.

The Celtic boss responded: “I understand that this is people’s reference point, they look at the table and it will always be the ultimate measure. We can’t control what the teams above us or below us do.

“We can control what we do. We’ve been really good at that, focusing on our games and making sure we perform at the level which gets us the results we want.

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“That’s what we need to keep doing. If we can continue the form we’ve shown over the last two-and-a-half months then we’ll give ourselves a chance of having success in the league.”

Postecoglou is right of course. Celtic’s worst form came at the start of the season, with three defeats and a draw in our first seven games.

That was a tumultuous time for the club as the manager had almost started from scratch with the squad. There were mitigating factors.

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The inconvenient truth for those writing off Celtic is since then we’ve drawn two matches in the league across 12 games. While obviously not ideal, that’s not a killer blow.

With the squad currently stretched to its limits, if we can beat St Johnstone, make transfer additions and refresh ahead of the second half of the season, there’s no reason to think we can’t maintain a title charge.

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