Celtic's Euro reputation grows as Champions League boss delivers glowing assessment

By John McGinley

October 5, 2022

RB Leipzig boss Marco Rose has heavily praised Celtic ahead of the two sides meeting in the UEFA Champions League tonight, declaring three players in particular who will be “extremely unpleasant” to play against.

When Ange Postecoglou arrived at the Bhoys last summer, the entire club was at a low ebb. Nobody was speaking positively about our football domestically, never mind abroad.

Now, the work the Australian has done is attracting attention, and the defined style the team now play with is apparent at the elite level.

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Rose complimented this approach in his pre-match press conference, also singling out Celtic’s Japanese contingent as a trio that will be difficult for his Leipzig side to contend with.

As quoted by his club’s official website: “You have to say that it is very fun to watch Celtic, especially their Japanese players. We also explicitly noted this in our preparation.

“It is already really striking how these boys can shape the game. They are small, lively and particularly in one-on-one situations extremely unpleasant to play against – they also have a great mentality and can really play football. They can decide the game with their actions alone.

“All in all, Celtic have a very exciting but most importantly very clear way of playing. Similarly to us, they try to play actively, play offensive football, and to put their opponent under pressure. The team is very well-prepared and very hard-working. Ange Postecoglou has done a really good job at a great club.”

The Celtic players will be hoping to show Rose all of this in action, rather than just on video footage. There’s a decent chance that Kyogo Furuhashi, Daizen Maeda and Reo Hatate all start the match too.

However, Rose may well find Celtic have far more weaponry at their disposal than that. Giorgos Giakoumakis is back in the squad, for example, while Sead Haksabanovic has looked sharp in his initial showings as well.

It’d be pleasing if, after the match, the RB Leipzig boss is forced into a similar assessment of what he’s witnessed. This is an occasion that the Bhoys have to show up for if progress from Group F is on the cards.

In other news, Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou makes SFA appeal decision.