Postecoglou provides insightful look into his Celtic coaching methods during intense schedule

By Euan Davidson

December 1, 2021

The games are coming thick and fast for Ange Postecoglou and his Celtic team.

So much so that you have to wonder where training comes into it. With travel, tactical instruction and the games themselves dominating time, there seems little space for on-pitch coaching amongst the intensity of the schedule.

With 9 games coming up before we’re even at January [Celtic FC], training will be at a premium. That’s hard for an ideologically-minded manager like Postecoglou, who wants Celtic to play in his specific style.

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However, the manager doesn’t sound overwhelmed by the task. Today, he went into some detail about how he’s running his team during a gruelling month of football.

Postecoglou said [Celtic FC]:

“You’ve got to find other ways to coach. With video analysis feedback to players… which a lot of the coaching staff will handle on a day-to-day basis.

“Obviously the team stuff, I handle. We try to get our messages across because the reality of it is time on the turf is limited. It has to be limited, because recovery is the key thing for the players. Particularly when we have the majority of the starting eleven backing up week on week.

“It doesn’t stop you from getting your points across, it’s something I’ve always believed in. If you can’t do it out on the training track, then there’s still avenues to give the players the feedback they need.”

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Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou relying on “other ways to coach”

It’s insightful stuff. Especially because it gives some insight into what the coaches do at Celtic. Yesterday, we spoke about Gavin Strachan and his role in Postecoglou’s set up. Obviously, the likes of Strachan, Kennedy and McManus are crucial in helping the players on an individual basis.

What’s perhaps most important is the emphasis on recovery. Already, Ange Postecoglou has had to deal with a smörgasbord of injuries. Key players including James Forrest, Callum McGregor, Kyogo, Tom Rogic and Carl Starfelt have all felt the effects of a demanding season.

With Anton McElhone aboard, the focus on getting proper recovery to players will be paramount. But not, clearly, at the expense of vital tactical instruction from coaches and Ange himself.

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It’s fascinating to get a peek behind the scenes. Knowing what individual responsibilities the coaches have, how hands-on Postecoglou is at Celtic, and what the team are most focused on. It’s interesting.

Whether the lack of actual full-squad training will be an issue long-term is unknown, but the signs are positive thus far. It’s not as if this the first particularly busy month Ange Postecoglou has faced at Celtic.

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