Ex-Celtic hero shares details of how squad will be feeling going into break after loss
Former Celtic striker Scott McDonald has detailed what Ange Postecoglou’s squad will be feeling like during the international break after suffering a loss.
The Hoops had made a brilliant start to the 2022/23 campaign, picking up maximum points from their opening six games in the Scottish Premiership.
However, on Sunday, Ange Postecoglou’s side suffered their first loss in almost 12 months to the hands of St Mirren.
After suffering disappointment under the 57-year-old in the past, the Bhoys have shown their ability to bounce back, going on to win the league and cup double last season.
Although Postecoglou’s squad will be desperate to go and do so again, they will have to wait a few weeks for that opportunity, with Celtic’s next league fixture coming on the 1st of October against Motherwell.
Following the defeat to St Mirren, a large number of the Celtic squad headed off on international duty and over the next few weeks the players will have time to think about last weekend’s result.
One man who knows exactly what it is like to represent his country during his time at Parkhead is former Hoops hero Scott McDonald.
The ex-striker has turned out 25 times for Australia, and also featured regularly for his nation at youth level during the early stages of his career.
Reflecting upon the St Mirren defeat, McDonald detailed what the Celtic squad might be feeling over the next few weeks, after not being given the chance to bounce back right away on the domestic front.
Speaking to 67 Hail Hail, McDonald said: “There is never a good time (to suffer defeat), that’s for sure.
“I think it’s worse when you have a longer break because you haven’t got that chance just to bounce back straight away from a domestic point of view because you just want to get back out there and put it right, make sure everyone’s happy.
“From an outside perspective, there is no noise. I think the noise lasts a bit longer when there is a break for sure.
“But, again, it’s nice when you get the opportunity to go away internationally, refresh, be out of the environment, and come back and go ‘good to see everyone again, let’s go and the majority of those players will hopefully go away and do that and come back injury free.”
After putting in such a disappointing performance, what Ange Postecoglou’s squad needed was the quick opportunity to bounce back.
However, with the international break falling at the end of September, the staff, players and supporters have all been left stewing over the misfortunate result at the weekend.
Although there may be negatives to the break falling at this time, there can also be some positives, with the next few weeks providing some Celtic stars the chance to refresh and come back stronger.
It is crucial that we learn from the disappointment of our trip to Paisley. Postecoglou and his players will have plenty of time to do that before returning to Parkhead at the beginning of next month.
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