Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou plots course for beating Motherwell

By Euan Davidson

October 16, 2021

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou knows how difficult life can be in the Scottish Premiership, with a buoyant Motherwell our opposition today.

Against stubborn defences, Celtic have found it tough. Especially on their travels, with Livingston, Hearts and Rangers getting the better of the Bhoys in 21-22.

However, he’s cognisant of the fact that there have been resounding domestic successes. Emphatic wins over St Mirren, Dundee, Ross County and a vital three points against Aberdeen have proven he’s up to the task domestically.

Finding the formula, Postecoglou says, is absolutely vital today. And while he gave credit to today’s opponents, the Celtic boss outlined how he wants to beat Motherwell at Fir Park today.

At yesterday’s press conference, Postecoglou said [Celtic YouTube]:

“Motherwell have got some real threats up front, they’re well-organised and like most teams I think they’ll be well-prepared to stop us.

“But what’s been important for us is when we’ve played our football and been on the front foot, and taken the game to the opposition. Then we’ve made it difficult, so that’s what we’ve got to try and do today.

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“Start off well, which we did at Aberdeen and then we kind of [ground] our way through the rest of the game until they scored, and then we lifted it again.

“So we’ve just got to maintain a certain intensity in the tempo of our game right through. When we’ve done that this year, we’ve been as good as anyone, but that’s what we’ve got to try and aim for.”

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou realises there’s a battle today against Motherwell

Under Graham Alexander, Motherwell are no mugs. They’re currently 4th in the table, with 4 wins and 2 draws from 8 games [BBC]. They have, however, conceded 9 goals in that time, and that’ll hearten Postecoglou.

Because when the Celtic attack is ticking, nary a defence in Scotland can deal with it. That’ll surely only improve as the season goes on, and the forwards get to know each other better.

It’s a potentially exciting future. But that starts this afternoon, and Postecoglou is right; it’s about taking the game to the Steelmen from the first whistle.

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Motherwell do have the tools to bother Celtic. The resurgent Tony Watt has made an excellent start to the season, while new fan favourite Kevin van Veen is a legitimate thrill to watch.

It’s a test for the Celtic defence then, which has wobbled under pressure so far this season. That’ll happen – it’s constituted largely of brand new players. But history suggests Motherwell will go right at Celtic, too.

For boss Ange Postecoglou, Motherwell is a good marker for Celtic. Two consecutive away wins would do an awful lot of good for the mentality of the squad. Also, adding some positive consistency to the Bhoys’ game really is vital.

It should be a fun one in North Lanarkshire this afternoon.

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