"I don't think that's fair"; Postecoglou delivers honest Celtic assessment but pushes against BBC questioning

By John McGinley

September 19, 2021

Ange Postecoglou delivered an honest assessment of today’s Celtic performance but pushed against the line of questioning from BBC reporter Kenny Macintyre.

The Bhoys slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Livingston in the Scottish Premiership today, missing an opportunity to capitalise on a Rangers draw against Motherwell at Ibrox.

More than that though, it was simply a poor performance in West Lothian. There’s no real hiding away from it.

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And to be fair to Postecoglou, he didn’t try to after the match on BBC Radio Scotland.

He said: “We didn’t start the game well and we paid the price for trying to ease our way into the game. We didn’t start with the aggression or the positivity that we have in other games this year.

“After they scored we dug ourselves into a bit of a hole. We tried hard enough but our decision making in the final third was pretty poor.

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“The concern today is that we didn’t start the game with the intent we have so far. We fell into the trap of thinking we couldn’t play our football today.

“When you are not aggressive enough and you are not positive enough in your outlook from the start, you give the opposition a chance to get into the game.”

The manager also admitted that the league record so far is not good enough, with just three wins from six.

However, when quizzed by Macintyre about consistency this season whether there was “a real lack of that” from the team and if that was a fair assessment, Postecoglou pushed back.

Ange said: “No, I don’t think that’s fair. I think it’s been consistent and we have played well in every game. Today was the first day where I didn’t think we played our football.

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“If you are talking about inconsistency, I guess there has been in results. Our supporters have been fantastic and I bear a huge responsibility for sending them home disappointed today. The job now is to pick them up and get a good result on Thursday.”

Postecoglou, like the Celtic fans, will want to move on from a bad day at the office.

But we badly need to sort out this away form, or we could be picking over another post-mortem in a couple of weeks away to Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

In other news, Callum McGregor Celtic return timeline given by Ange Postecoglou in Livingston.