Chris Sutton: "You'd better believe" Celtic are better-equipped under Postecoglou
Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton believes Ange Postecoglou has performed a “minor miracle” at the club.
Sutton also maintains that the Celtic are now far better prepared to take on Rangers for the Scottish Premiership title.
After a busy transfer window that saw 12 players come to the club, Postecoglou has been praised heavily for turning half a team and some youth players into a well-drilled outfit.
While there have been growing pains, not least the Derby defeat, Celtic look in far better health now than at the end of last season. And Chris Sutton, not always forthcoming with praise, is full of respect for the Celtic manager.
In his Daily Record column, Sutton wrote [Daily Record]:
“But you have to take it from the baseline of last season. Celtic were woeful last term, so do they look better equipped now?
“You better believe it.
“Perhaps I’m going soft in my old age but I think Celtic are ahead of where we thought they would be.
“That might sound mad after an Old Firm defeat, but when you look at the mess Postecoglou had to mop up, I think he’s performed a minor miracle getting the side competitive at this stage and getting them to the Europa League.”
It’s easy to agree with Chris Sutton, but still early days for Celtic and Postecoglou
Given the doldrums of last season, it’s been all too easy to get swept up in the Age of Ange, and the optimism it’s brought. But as my colleague Hamish Carton said last night, the international break has brought a time for some quick reflection.
Yes, there was disappointment on Sunday, but it’s disappointment tempered by a real optimism for the future. Prior to defeats against AZ Alkmaar and Rangers, the team were playing with an attacking verve and freedom unseen since Brendan Rodgers first took over.
Given where we were, there’s every reason to be delighted so far, albeit with some perspective thrown in there.
Qualifying for the Europa League was a feat in itself. Not only that, there’s a real case to make that if Celtic had been even slightly more prepared for FC Midtjylland, we could’ve won that, too.
Meanwhile in domestic competition, following an opening day hiccup, Celtic have been blowing the opposition away with relentless, attacking football.
So yes, we do look better prepared, as Chris Sutton says. Far better. But there’s still a lot of the season to go. With new faces through the door, it could get even better.
Minor miracles? Perhaps. But in a tangible sense, the reality is far more positive for Celtic than it was just weeks ago.