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.

Celtic 3-0 Raith Rovers | LIVE Reaction

Celtic 3-0 Raith Rovers | LIVE Reaction

“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