Davie Provan bizarrely still offering criticism of Celtic boss despite recent success

By David Walton

October 20, 2021

Davie Provan last night offered some unnecessary criticism of Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou’s style despite his recent success at Parkhead.

The Greek-Australian has always insisted that his Hoops side will play an open, expansive form of playing. Regardless of who the opposition may be.

In fairness to Postecoglou, he’s backed that up too. Against better sides such as AZ Alkmaar and Bayer Leverkusen, Celtic have had a host of opportunities and carved open the opposition on a multitude of occasions.

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But even as Postecoglou secured his 3rd consecutive win as momentum continues to build at Parkhead, Provan for some reason decided to provide some criticism of the impressive former Yokohama Marinos boss.

Speaking on the Go Radio Football Show after watching us dominate Ferencvaros, Provan said: “It worries me when I see him in the papers saying that I am not going to change. There are very few coaches who are intransigent like that and the ones who are like that are [Pep] Guardiola and [Jurgen] Klopp, who have the best-paid players in the world.They can play like that and open up against anyone.

“Celtic are not at that stage there and that’s what we saw against Leverkusen. When Celtic tried to open up against a real quality side, they got a sore one.”

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Ange Postecoglou wants to build an attractive Celtic team; what’s difficult to understand?

Why Provan feels the need to have a pop at the playing style here is anyone’s guess. Celtic are feeling good about themselves and playing attractive football once again. Why is there still a need from “Celtic-minded” pundits to pick holes?

Sure, if the form was still poor despite our best players being back fit, then you can understand any criticism. But the manager is still being questioned despite the fact he’s providing the answers at the moment.

The Bayer Leverkusen game is such an easy target because of the final result. But the truth is that you should take a deeper look into how that game truly went. Celtic could’ve had 3 or 4 goals themselves. It’s not as if they were easily snuffed out in the final third and then caught on explosive counter-attacks.

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Every game Celtic have played in Europe, they’ve caused the opposition major problems this season. We can forever debate whether closing up shop against better teams is a better idea. Whether a more pragmatic system would get more immediate success.

But that’s ignoring the long-term goal here. Postecoglou is trying to build an attractive Celtic team that’s comfortable on the ball and wants to assert their game on any opposition team we face. This is, after all, an entertainment sport.

It feels as though Ange could go on a 10-game winning run and still be questioned about his style. It’s a narrative that needs to stop. This is his way of playing, and time will tell whether it’s a success. To say it’s concerning? That’s unfair and ignorant towards the manager’s long-term plan.

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