Motherwell boss shares why Celtic Park is a unique challenge under Postecoglou
Motherwell manager Stevie Hammell is expecting a relentlessly difficult test up against the Scottish champions at Celtic Park today, sharing why it’s especially tough facing the Bhoys away from home right now.
Despite a disappointing outing against St Mirren last time out, Ange Postecoglou’s side are still the team to beat in Scotland. And Hammell is under no illusions that facing Celtic at home is far different to facing them on the road.
In part, that’s due to the lightning-quick restarts of play at Paradise, sometimes even aided by the ball boys.
As quoted The Daily Record, Hammell said: “We’re coming up against a team at a difficult time; Celtic at home or Celtic away are two totally different games. The ball in play at Celtic Park is high; it’s as close to 100 per cent as you’ll probably see for any team. The ball comes in, it doesn’t stop, so we’re prepared for that.
“Every kind of angle we could look at for Celtic we’ve looked at, and we’ll be as prepared as we possibly can be. We know we have to be strong. I need to do well, our staff need to do well. The players need to do well individually and collectively, be strong physically, and technically and tactically we need to be good.
“Every aspect of our game is going to be tested, but that’s where we’re at and we’re ready for it. They start fast, they’ll get the ball in play, get after you and try to win the game early. We’ve looked at what they’re good at, which is a lot, and we’ve looked at what we think we can do as a group, and how it suits us.”
The pleasing thing about Celtic’s approach is that preparation is really no match for facing up to it. Teams come to Celtic Park having done plenty of homework but end up still caught out.
Hopefully, that’s what we see today with the Bhoys aiming to get back to winning ways and stay top of the table.
Motherwell are still in something of a rebuilding stage under Hammell and ideally we can show them just how difficult the Scottish Premiership can be – even if they’re expecting it.