Celtic legend Kenny Dalglish hits back at Ange Postecoglou critics

By John McGinley

September 19, 2021

Kenny Dalglish reckons Celtic still have a great chance of qualifying from their Europa League group, despite losing to Real Betis on the opening matchday.

Celtic were 2-0 up away from home to the Spaniards before eventually losing out 4-3 after a frenetic 90 minutes.

While there were definitely a few problems with the performance, it was mostly a positive sign that Celtic are flourishing under Ange Postecoglou in an attacking sense.

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There have been critics of the Bhoys defence, Ange’s style of football and how it needs to be more pragmatic on occasion, but for Dalglish, Postecoglou should be given leeway considering it’s so early in his Celtic career.

Writing in his Sunday Post column [19/09 print edition, Post Match supplement page 9], he said: “Ange Postecoglou and his squad need to be cut some slack. The manager is trying to find his best back four, and once he has established that, they will get better. To have Joe Hart behind them is also a real boost.

“What Celtic don’t need to be concerned about is how they operate from middle to front. They have some excellent operators in that area. That’s why they should also feel that they can emerge from their group.

Celtic can take a big step under Ange tomorrow

Celtic can take a big step under Ange tomorrow
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“They had to do without Callum Mcgregor and Kyogo Furuhashi in Spain, and were bound to be weakened by that. Still, I do have high hopes for Celtic.

“There is a lot of improvement still needed, but I think Ange is taking them in the right direction.”

More evidence of steps in the right direction could come today, away to Livingston.

Livi have been a difficult team for Celtic to beat in recent years, stretching all the way back to the Brendan Rodgers era.

In fact, we haven’t won at the Tony Macaroni Arena since the West Lothian outfit returned to the top-flight.

Celtic at Livingston in recent years

Whether it’s their pitch or their physical style, they’ve become a bit of a bogey team for the Bhoys.

Still, this is a new era with a new manager and a brand spanking new team. So we go into this afternoon’s match with optimism.

Postecoglou can show everyone his side can grind out results with a victory today.

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