Celtic could be about to hit another level under Ange Postecoglou

By John McGinley

February 6, 2023

Ange Postecoglou believes Celtic have the chance to get even better between now and the end of the season, with more training time available to the squad at Lennoxtown.

In contrast to the opening months of the season, there are fewer mid-week matches for the Bhoys to contend with now and that is a major positive for Postecoglou and his coaching staff.

The Celtic manager was bullish in the wake of yesterday’s 4-1 win over St Johnstone, suggesting he’s looking for even more improvement from his players and wants to hit ‘another level’ – despite being nine points clear at the top of the table.

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Ange Postecoglou thinks the best is yet to come for Celtic

As quoted by The Scottish Daily Mail [06/02 print edition, Verdict supplement page 1] he said: “Some really good players didn’t get on the pitch and some really good players didn’t get in the squad.

“For about four or five weeks now, we have a game a week, so that gives us the chance to work really hard at training and get everyone up another level, another notch, and increase our performance both on an individual and collective basis.

“We have set our mark as always trying to finish stronger than we started and we are well on the way to that. We are definitely getting stronger every week and that’s what we want to do till the end of the season.”

Plenty on the line during lighter schedule

Celtic will only play three matches between now and the end of February. There are home games against St Mirren and Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup and the Premiership over the coming two weekends. Then, it’s a huge Scottish League Cup final against Rangers at Hampden.

So while the team don’t have any tricky mid-week fixtures to contend with, it’s still a pivotal few weeks of the season that will determine whether or not the Bhoys can go on to win a treble this season.

Thankfully, Postecoglou has incredible confidence. Given he hasn’t steered us too wrong in his tenure so far, often delivering on what he says publicly, his latest comments must be worrying for the rest of Scottish football.

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