Celtic boss shows up Robbie Neilson with brilliant post-match putdown on BBC Sportsound

By David Walton

December 2, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has shown his class as he brilliantly dismissed Robbie Neilson’s post-match moaning tonight.

The Hoops managed to overcome Hearts 1-0 at Celtic Park. A goal from Kyogo Furuhashi in the first half won the game, yet it’s been embroiled in controversy with rivals believing it to be offside. That’s despite the fact the player looked in clear line of the ball.

Neilson, was left raging post-match with the winning goal. He tried to claim that the game was won by a poor decision from the officials and not due to Celtic themselves.

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And that clearly irked Postecoglou, who was in absolutely no mood with the ridiculous narrative that anyone other than his side got the 3 points.

Speaking on BBC Sportsound post-match [02/12, 22:02], Ange said: “Well that means the referee is on 3 points. He’s still bottom of the table isn’t he?

“No I can’t [understand Neilson’s frustration]. If anyone thinks the referee decided that game then they were watching a different game than I am.

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“There are plenty of key decisions in the game. What I said was that we probably should’ve won by more and that’s my analysis. He has his analysis, he can communicate it the way he wants and I can communicate it the way I want. That’s my view on it.”

Robbie Neilson embarrasses himself as Ange Postecoglou puts things right

This is so poor from Neilson. He gives off the impression of a manager who simply can’t take that his team didn’t have the quality to get a result tonight. Plenty of fight absolutely, but talent evaded Hearts in the end. That was the difference between the two sides.

What’s even more laughable is how close the decision actually was. Some will think it was offside and others will believe it to be on. Whatever side of the fence you come down on, everyone will agree it was extremely tight.

Yet Neilson is managing to make out as if Kyogo was 5 yards offside and the goal should never have stood. Come on. It was the linesman giving the striker the benefit of the doubt. I somehow can’t see Neilson being so passionate about it if it was the other way around.

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After all, wasn’t Hearts’ freekick on the opening day of the Premiership a decision that should never have been? What about Liel Abada’s goal at Tynecastle that was ridiculously ruled out.

Here’s the difference, Postecoglou didn’t come out and start moaning post-match about those verdicts. He simply got on with it and accepted that fine margins can define a football match.

Neilson, meanwhile, has decided to come out and make a fool of himself. Credit to Ange, he’s come out on top both on and off the pitch tonight.

In other news, Michael Stewart delivers class verdict on Celtic and Ange Postecoglou after Hearts win