Celtic boss Postecoglou responds to rival manager's comments after SPFL controversy

By John McGinley

November 25, 2021

Celtic man Ange Postecoglou has sympathy for the concerns of Hibernian boss Jack Ross after the Easter Road manager spoke out against the SPFL’s handling of fixture congestion.

Ross was left fuming with the league body after both Hibs’ and Celtic’s matches that were postponed because of the upcoming Scottish League Cup final were given a pre-Christmas date, rather than having them pushed into 2022. He described it as ‘peculiar governance’. [BBC Sport]

Asked by the written press for his thoughts on the comments and whether he has sympathy, Postecoglou told The Scottish Daily Mail [25/11 print edition, page 92]: “I absolutely do. And, ideally, you’d love to have a seven-day break.

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“But the reality is, when you are in multiple competitions like we are, we are going to be in Europe post-Christmas, so we are going to have midweek games in the second half of the season. I don’t know where else they could put a game. I’m sure they probably looked at it.

“Ultimately for us as a football club, the history suggests that, again, when you sign up, you are going to play 50 or 60 games a year because that’s the expectations and you want to do well in all of the tournaments.

“From our perspective, it’s about making sure that, with the games we have got, we put our best foot forward, play the best football we can. And when it gets around to the final, we’ll make sure we are well prepared for it because we don’t want to let an opportunity go by.”

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As ever, the Celtic leader is spot on. It’s not ideal for the Bhoys to be playing another game before Christmas. However, the reality is that we could have European games well into the spring that would create further chaos down the line.

I’m of the opinion that matches should be played when they can be. The amount never changes so if there’s a free mid-week it should be used. We don’t want to get into situations where there’s the potential of an even heavier schedule.

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