Celtic manager Postecoglou discusses title race after night of league drama

By Euan Davidson

October 28, 2021

You’d hope Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou will be happier looking at the table than he was a few weeks ago.

But the Greek-Australian boss insists there’s still a lot of football to be played and work to be done before it’s truly worth discussing.

Postecoglou was on excellent form after his side beat Hibernian at Easter Road last night. It was Celtic’s first league win in Leith since 2014, meaning Postecoglou was able to do what Deila, Rodgers, Lennon (second time) and Kennedy couldn’t.

Around the league, results fell in Celtic’s favour. Rangers, Hearts and Dundee United all dropped points, and the Bhoys are now just two points off the summit. They can go top on Saturday, albeit, it might just be temporary.

The Celtic manager isn’t getting carried away yet though. When asked what the league table means to him right now, Postecoglou said [BBC Sportsound, 27/10/21, 22.03]:

“It just means there’s a long way to go mate. Has been from the start. So, plenty of football to be played, and our job is to just keep getting better and keep playing well.

“As I said a few weeks ago, got to keep our heads down. We’ve got to recover from this [game], we’ve got another game on Saturday. Short turnaround, so we’ve just got to get ready for that.”

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Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou refuses to humour any title race stories yet

Quite right. Getting carried away about title hopes is our job as supporters. Especially so early in the season.

But you can’t help but get excited given our recent run of form. Above all, this is a determined, spirited side, who each know exactly what they need to do. The shrugs and finger pointing from last season have been replaced by a tangible team spirit and responsibility.

Given the talent in the squad, it’s easy to get excited about winning our title back.

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It’s premature, though. Like Postecoglou says, there’s a lot of time left. Even more encouragingly though, there’s a lot of improvement left, too. Clearly, for the manager, winning alone is not enough.

There’s still a lot for this squad to do. The commitments of multiple competitions will stretch it. Any January signings will have to gel – and quickly. There are some big, big tests domestically that need to be negotiated before we can talk title.

Still though, you can’t blame the BBC for asking about the league table. Nor could you blame the manager if, privately, he was getting a bit excited about it all.

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