Premiership goalkeeper explains why it's "so hard" to play against Ange's Celtic

By David Walton

April 26, 2022

Ross County goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw has stated that Celtic’s rotations under Ange Postecoglou make it so difficult to play against them.

County suffered a first-half siege from Celtic on Sunday as the Hoops created a host of goalscoring opportunities. However, only our profligacy on the day stopped us from ending the game by half-time.

In the end, Celtic would secure a 2-0 victory as they picked up the 3 points despite the missed chances. Nobody could complain with the scoreline given the comfortability Ange’s side had in the game.

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To their credit, County’s players and management have been happy to come out and big up the Hoops’ quality. Laidlaw is no different either as he explained why teams are struggling to put a stop to the Bhoys’ form.

As quoted by The Herald, Laidlaw said: “It’s their rotations. It’s so hard to deal with when their full-backs come in and their movement is so difficult with the pace they have as well. They are a top, top team.

“They stuck to the philosophy that Ange has brought in. They play out from the back and trust what they are doing. You can see they are a good team and stuck to what the manager is telling them.

“They are a totally different team to last year and they have confidence with a great squad. We didn’t get that chance we were hoping for and we were disappointed to concede the second.”

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Celtic’s inverted full-backs are causing bother for opposition teams

Laidlaw highlights the full-backs coming inside as a real issue for County on Sunday. However, they aren’t the only Premiership side to have seriously struggled from this particular Ange tactic.

You have to tip your hat to the Celtic boss for this too. It’s not as if he’s gone out and bought 2 top full-backs who can automatically play in his system. He’s actually developed from within.

County were up against both Greg Taylor and Anthony Ralston from the Hoops’ full-back positions. Ralston in particular was a real menace as he managed to suck in County players whilst showing good technique to hold onto the ball and create space for others.

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It’s totally throwing opposition teams off at the moment. Yes, it’s a tactic that comes with risk should you lose the ball cheaply. But the manager has been trying to instill belief in these players to take control of situations and be comfortable on the ball when under pressure.

However, Celtic are fluid all over the pitch. How often, for example, do you see Kyogo, Daizen Maeda, or Jota dropping back to do their defensive work? On plenty of occasions, it’ll be Kyogo who’s peeled out wide with Maeda or Jota in the middle despite that not being the right set-up on paper. These Celtic players are comfortable rotating all over the pitch.

A big part of our success no doubt, with Laidlaw effectively confirming so here.

In other news, Report: Celtic summer work underway as Ange eyes up £2m move for Mohanad Jeahze