Pat Bonner left stunned by the Celtic levels he hasn't seen for "a long, long time"

By Dave Flanigan

September 4, 2022

Former Celtic goalkeeper Pat Bonner has lauded the impact Ange Postecoglou has made at his old side following the 4-0 drubbing of their derby rivals Rangers.

Celtic’s intensity has become a famous facet of their game under the Aussie and it was front and centre again in yesterday’s game, something Bonner says surpasses anything he’s seen at the club in recent years.

Speaking on BBC Sportsound’s Scottish Football Podcast (from 03:00), Bonner said: “Yeah it’s up there because of the group of players that he has assembled, they’re all so technically really, really good on the ball, but I think that the intensity that they’re actually playing with now is probably as good, if not even higher than some of the teams I played with.

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“We always trained at a high intensity, I remember players coming to Celtic Park, they almost struggled to stay at that intensity in training but it was almost a taken that this was what you had to do, but Ange has taken this group to a level that I haven’t seen for such a long, long, time.

“Not just on the ball, not just off the ball, but when that ball goes out, they don’t take a second to even think, ball back in play, and that today was evident and that’s why they’ve got some of their goals today, but they’ve got really good technical players.”

As Celtic’s most-used goalkeeper, Bonner was a custodian of the club for two decades, and will have more experience than most of the historical standards held both on and off the pitch, so it’s fine praise from someone of his standing.

All four of Celtic’s goals against Rangers originated from the side’s intensity in some way, be it quickly-taken set pieces and throw-ins, or continuing to press the opposition even late-on with the game effectively won already.

Postecoglou isn’t one for getting carried away, and with some huge tests on the horizon, chief among them Tuesday’s Champions League curtain-raiser against current holders Real Madrid, he’ll be keen to keep his players’ feet on the ground.

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