Recent opponent praises Ange's "intense" Celtic; says he felt "blessed" to play at Paradise

By Hamish Carton

October 8, 2021

Raith Rovers midfielder Blaise Riley-Snow was bowled over when he played against Ange Postecoglou’s Hoops at Celtic Park.

The tall Englishman played 79 minutes as the Championship side went down 3-0 to the Celts in the Premier Sports Cup last 8.

Celtic Park was far from full, and the team weren’t at their free-flowing best, but the game still stuck with Riley-Snow.

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“I feel blessed that I got the opportunity to play that game,” he told the Courier.

“It was a huge learning opportunity and I feel like I understand more about what the next level really is — and what I need to do to get there.

“The speed of play is the key difference. Everything is that few steps faster. The speed of movement; of thought. It is all done more quickly.

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“If you watch the game, when the ball goes out of bounds, it immediately comes back and they are working on the next phase of play. You can tell they are a well-drilled, intense side.”

Riley-Snow’s words will be music to Ange’s ears

Given that Ange prides his side on their intensity during matches, he will surely be delighted to hear Riley-Snow’s comments.

Celtic were far from their best that night against Rovers but it does at least show that we have a game plan that can hurt teams.

The Hoops could end up facing Rovers a whole lot more next season, if the Kirkcaldy outfit keep up their good form.

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They’re unbeaten in four league games and currently sit inside the Championship play-off places.

Wouldn’t it be nice to see a new team in the league next season?

Especially if they have players who are so complimentary of Celtic.

In other news, Celtic are set for an SPFL vote on VAR

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