David Turnbull confirms Celtic tactics won't change for AZ Alkmaar and derby this week

By John McGinley

August 22, 2021

David Turnbull has insisted that Celtic won’t change their tactics or the upcoming matches against AZ Alkmaar and Rangers away from home.

The Bhoys have enjoyed a run of matches at Celtic Park, stringing together a series of impressive victories.

However, the toughest tests of the season so far await this week.

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Despite having a two-goal advantage, the trip to the Netherlands to face AZ will be difficult. While a derby against Rangers at Ibrox with no Celtic fans in attendance is no walk in the park either.

You may be forgiven for thinking Celtic will be a bit more pragmatic in their tactical approach. But Turnbull has confirmed manager Ange Postecoglou won’t be changing for anyone.

Speaking to The Scottish Mail on Sunday [22/08 print edition, page 159], yesterday’s hat-trick hero said: “We feel we’re ready to go and win both games.

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“It’s a huge week — Thursday, Sunday, against two good teams. But the way we’re playing at the moment, we fancy ourselves against anyone.

“The manager won’t change the way we’re playing for these two games. This is the way we want to play. He’s drilled that into us, so we’ll go and play the way we have been looking to get a result.

“I just think everybody’s working as hard as we can until the final whistle. You saw today we were relentless until the 90th minute and everything’s going well at the moment.”

So, it looks like an all-out attack against both teams, for better or worse. I actually like this though. It’s not only bravery on Celtic’s part but will all benefit the Postecoglou project.

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We need to learn how to play in this high-intensity way in difficult away venues. So we might as well start now, even with the building blocks still being put in place.

If Celtic are going to go anywhere under this manager, we have to play in the manner we have been in all environments.

That means there might be heavy bumps along the way. But it’s all in service of the bigger picture, even if things go against us over the next seven days.

In other news, Celtic defender Stephen Welsh could be made Scotland U21 captain.