No crystal ball for Celtic boss Postecoglou as he makes league agenda clear

By Euan Davidson

September 25, 2021

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou admits there’s very little leeway for dropping more points in the league this season.

However, he’s clear that tomorrow represents a fantastic chance to build momentum ahead of a busy schedule for his depleted Bhoys side.

Celtic find themselves in a fair amount of injury bother. Kyogo, Mikey Johnston, Callum McGregor, James Forrest, Giorgos Giakoumakis and more are ruled out of tomorrow’s home game.

Still, the boss is making no excuses. Nor is he going to be drawn in on the specifics of a defined title prediction, so early in the campaign.

The Celtic boss said [Herald]:

“We have little or no scope for dropping points. All we have to do is try to win games of football.

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“I’m not going to look into a crystal ball and say how many points we’re going to need or how many games when we can drop when we’re still here in the very early part of the season.

“You know, people assume things along the way. And you use historical references for that. I’ve got a feeling this league will be tight this year. But, then again, I could be wrong, as well.

“For us, regardless of who we’re playing, Sunday becomes a particularly important game – particularly after losing last week.

“We know we can’t drop too many games in the league and we’ve got to get on a run of results. There’s no place better than here to start, because our home form has been really good, really strong all season.”

Celtic fans are desperate for Postecoglou to succeed in the league, but everyone knows the stakes

After the humbling season prior, Ange Postecoglou was brought in to win games of football for Celtic. That’s his remit, and it’s as simple as that.

Granted, he’s wanting to do it in a way that fits his style, and in large parts of this season, his team have played some genuinely outstanding football. But when it doesn’t work, as we saw against Rangers, Hearts and Livingston, it costs us.

If you hear talk of transitional seasons, or a team in flux, it’s not from the manager. His mission has always been clear; it’s title or nothing for this football club. Regardless of who the manager is, that’s the clear goal every year.

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Granted, he seems measured about it all. It’s easy to get drawn into predictions and playing your hand with ambitions. Postecoglou is smarter than that, and the crystal ball metaphor is an example of how he’s going to avoid that kind of chat.

There’s a steely determination this this manager, and fans have got a buzz from his personality. That much is abundantly clear.

But it has to culminate in results, and nobody knows that better than Postecoglou himself. Tomorrow, then, takes on significant importance.

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