"People forgot that"; Celtic manager on the Bhoys factor that got lost this week
Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou believes one disappointing result against Livingston had everyone forgetting the Bhoys’ excellent recent form.
Public opinion on Celtic has been particularly fickle this season under the Greek-Aussie boss. When things are going well, Hoops fans and neutrals alike are delighted by our football. After a goalless draw, it’s panic stations.
Last week’s 0-0 with Livingston wasn’t pretty. But it was a small bump on a much more fruitful road. Of the last 7 games, Celtic have won 6, including two wins over Ferencvaros, and away trips to Hibernian, Motherwell and Aberdeen [WhoScored?].
So, obviously, the manager could have a laugh about the overreaction to last week’s result. Postecoglou said [Herald]:
“After last week [the draw against Livingston], people forgot that!
“We’ve had a good period and it was a critical period for us because we had a tough time the period before with injuries and inconsistent results.
“If we were going to make an impact in Europe and at home, we were going to have to get a run of results together and performances. We’ve done that so far, but we have to finish it off away at Dundee and it’ll be difficult.
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“If we can play our football as we have been and keep improving, then it will be a good period for us.”
Ange Postecoglou and Celtic on the road again tomorrow
It’s been an almost perfect run of form from the last international break to this one. If Livingston was the blip, then we can live with it. Provided, that is, Celtic pick up all three points at Dens Park tomorrow.
The last time Dundee beat Celtic at Dens Park was – remarkably – in 1988 [DFC]. Future Celtic favourite Tommy Coyne scored the only goal of the game.
But history counts for nothing tomorrow. Ange Postecoglou and his Bhoys need to prove the 6-0 at Celtic Park was no fluke. With James McPake aiming to go at Celtic tomorrow, there should be chances at both ends.
As for our recent form? It’s turned Celtic from being the butt of jokes about mid-table mediocrity to title challengers. Of course, the league table always looks different at the start of the season, but the predictable jokes about finishing in the top 6 have categorically ended.
Postecoglou, despite having to bring 12 new players in, has something of a settled squad, who are able to link together impressive runs. That has to continue on our travels.
Then the Celtic manager can go into an international break with a smile on his face, this time.