Renowned tactical expert purrs over Ange Postecoglou's Celtic

By John McGinley

February 5, 2022

Ange Postecoglou is making waves at Celtic and not just within the recognised Scottish football bubble.

We already know there is increased interest in Celtic this season from countries around the world, most notably Australia and Japan.

However, the style of football Postecoglou is enacting this season is also catching the eye of renowned football experts who usually only provide analysis of the big five leagues in Europe.

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Michael Cox impressed with Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic tactics

Michael Cox, who has written two critically acclaimed books on football tactics and boasts over 270,000 followers on Twitter, is the latest to be impressed by the Bhoys this season.

He produced an analysis of Celtic’s win over Rangers this week for The Athletic, comparing the Bhoys to tactically fashionable sides of recent years such as Leeds United and Atalanta United.

In summary, he stated: “Celtic produced a performance that Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta would have been proud of. On paper, Postecoglou deployed a 4-3-3, but traditional notations aren’t particularly worthwhile.

“The centre-backs, holding midfielder Callum McGregor and centre-forward Giorgos Giakoumakis stayed in position. But the full-backs drifted inside, the wingers came short, and the No 8s broke into space in the channels. Rangers simply couldn’t cope.”

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The whole thing is well worth a read if you’re an Athletic subscriber. Cox provides imagery and further analysis of the nuances of Postecoglou’s system, leaving no one in any doubt that this was a mastermind performance.

Celtic are now in pole position to win the Scottish Premiership. If we can finish the job over the next 14 days then a raid on the Champions League group stages is on the horizon.

That’s when everyone in Europe could really sit up and take notice of what Postecoglou is building in Glasgow. But there’s a long way to go. Wednesday night was just the beginning.

In other news, Video: Former Celtic man Stuart Armstrong scores stunner in FA Cup.