How Celtic players feel after derby as Ange explains what he told them post-match

By David Walton

May 1, 2022

Ange Postecoglou has stated that his Celtic players are “not jubilant” despite securing a big point against Rangers today.

The Hoops managed to move a point closer to the title with today’s 1-1 draw against our rivals at Parkhead. The result means we’re now just 4 points off bringing the Premiership trophy back to Celtic Park.

Granted, it could’ve been 3 on another day. Jota had given us a lead that we held well into the second half before Fashion Salaka’s equaliser. The result ensures our lead hasn’t been damaged but will frustrate some given we didn’t see the job through.

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And Ange has stated the players aren’t exactly buzzing as he explains what he told them post match. As quoted by the Daily Record, the manager said: “We don’t want to sort of just get there, we want to finish strong. We had a big challenge. Okay we didn’t win the game, but we didn’t lose it either. That was always going to be the key. We haven’t lost for a very long time in the league. This group has always embraced every challenge without fear or favour.

“The boys are not jubilant. They understand that they had to work hard to get something out of it. We will keep improving as a team, but the character they are showing at the moment, that’s priceless. I think they are a determined lot and they are determined to finish the season strongly.

“We will learn from it. I said to the players after the game, we have so much more growth to do as a football team, but you can’t question their character. Even when things aren’t going well, they have found a way to hang in there, found that moment or that resilience to get the job done. To me that’s a lot harder to find than improving them in aspects of their play.”

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Celtic players will be frustrated despite how big a day this actually is

It’ll be difficult at the moment for the Celtic players to truly appreciate just how big a day this actually is. Yes, we’ve moved a point closer to the title, but for many of them they’ll view it as a chance missed.

Not just a chance to move even closer to the title, but a chance to assert our authority on the Glasgow derby heading into next season. There was definitely an opportunity there for us to seriously stamp down on Rangers and drain them of morale.

We had our opportunities to seize control too. Daizen Maeda could’ve had 2 in our most glaring moments of the game. But regardless, the supporters are evidently happy to take a point and no wonder. It’s a big result for us and all but ends our rivals’ title hopes.

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It’s probably a good thing that there’s an element of frustration in the Celtic dressing-room of course. That means they’ll be keeping their feet firmly on the ground ahead of Hearts next Saturday. Complacency won’t be allowed to creep in.

And that’s the only thing that’s stopping these Celtic players from powering to the finishing line now. There’s nothing Rangers can do to stop us anymore. It’s all in our hands.

Hopefully, today’s result does indeed motivate them to end the season even stronger and power our way over the finishing line.

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