"One of the best"; Motherwell boss makes Celtic Scottish Premiership claim

By Lewis Laird

November 10, 2022

Motherwell boss Steven Hammell has hailed Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic side as ‘one of the best teams he has seen in the league for years’.

The Bhoys have kicked the domestic season off in fine form, producing 15 wins out of 16 in the Scottish Premiership and Premier Sports cup.

Amongst those victories have been three fixtures against Steven Hammell’s Motherwell side, with the Hoops scoring eight goals and the Fir Park side scoring two in reply.

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Last night’s 2-1 win over the Well wasn’t the easiest of nights for Ange Postecoglou and his players, with Motherwell scoring what ended up being a late consolation goal but pushing the Bhoys to the very end.

It would be fair to say that it was far from one of Celtic’s best showings of the season. But, Postecoglou was still left pleased with the way his side pushed through and grabbed all three points.

For Steven Hammell, it was another disappointing night in the dugout as his side slipped to a sixth defeat in the last seven games.

Although the 40-year-old was left disappointed with the end result, there were still some positives from his side to take as the Well target a much-needed three points before the World Cup break.

Hammell was full of praise for his team’s performance and also Postecoglou’s Celtic side, claiming that the 57-year-old’s squad was ‘one of the best teams’ he had seen in the Scottish Premiership for years.

He said [Daily Record]: “I think tonight has been consistent with our season. Again it’s a narrow loss by the odd goal against a very good opposition.

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“They are one of the best teams I’ve seen in the league for years, and we are absolutely at the bare bones.

“We try and win every game we play in. I know it is not working out that way right now, but we put a lot into the game again tonight. At no point, this season tonight or this season, have we come away and thought: ‘yeah, we were well beaten there.’

“We are putting a lot in without getting the end product, and I understand that is the most important thing, so it is important we turn that around.

“The longer the game went on, for sure, [they could have taken something from the game]. As the game went on, I felt we played with more momentum second half and intensity.

“We played higher up the pitch, and we were a bit more aggressive with it. But, again, we just fell short.”

Ange Postecoglou and Celtic leave opposition impressed as they continue to find a way to win.

There have been many brilliant aspects of Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic squad, and Steven Hammell isn’t the first manager to come away impressed with what he had seen, praising the Hoops.

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However, arguably the most impressive factor has been the Bhoys’ ability to push through and win games like they did last night.

When we are at the top of our game, we are almost impossible to stop, and every team in the Scottish Premiership has felt the wrath of Postecoglou’s side.

But even when we aren’t at our best, we still make it extremely hard for other teams and seem to always find a way to pick up all three points.

That is why managers like Hammell are making claims about being ‘the best team’ he has seen in Scotland for years, and it is a well-deserved title for this squad.

You already know, though, that the Celtic boss and his coaching staff won’t be letting the players relax and receive all the plaudits.

There is still plenty more work to be done if we want to be successful this season, and there are bound to be more games like Wednesday night’s win at Fir Park.

So it is absolutely essential we continue playing the way we are and keep that ‘never stop’ attitude that has gotten us some huge victories domestically this season.

In other news, Celtic star Turnbull humble as ever despite superb match-winning Motherwell assist.