Scott McDonald backs Ange to threaten Brendan Rodgers' 69-game Celtic unbeaten record

By David Walton

April 5, 2022

Former Celtic striker Scott McDonald has backed Ange Postecoglou to give Brendan Rodgers’ 69-game domestic unbeaten record a run for its money.

Ange’s Celtic have gone 32 domestic matches without defeat stretching back to a September loss against Livingston in West Lothian. Since then, it’s been total bliss for the Hoops as they’ve swatted the opposition aside.

Of course, there’s still a long way to go match Rodgers’ Parkhead record. The current Leicester boss went the entire 2016/17 campaign without defeat and continued that run for 4 months into the 2017/18 season too. Eventually, Hearts would put us to the sword at Tynecastle to end what was a simply sensational run.

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But as McDonald reflected on Sunday’s sensational 2-1 win at Ibrox, he threw the notion out there that Ange could be the man to run Rodgers’ record close.

Speaking to 67HailHail, Skippy said: “There’ll be euphoria right now and the belief and confidence will be through the roof. Winning against your rivals at their ground particularly will do that. There is no time for complacency and Ange will make sure that just doesn’t happen. He is relentless in everything he does. The team won’t be allowed to do that.

“You’ve got to remember the unbeaten run Celtic are on right now. He’s slowly catching Brendan Rodgers’ record there. Yeah it could be [under threat] It’s hugely impressive when you look at it really. I could see Celtic hopefully going unbeaten until the end of the season. I really do. Who’s going to stop them?

“I think Celtic have got 3 home fixtures after the split as well so it’s very, very happy days for Celtic.”

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Ange won’t be thinking of unbeaten records just yet

Make no mistake, this will be the furthest thing from Ange’s mind at the moment. He won’t even be thinking about the prospect of potentially one day taking down Rodgers’ 69-game run.

Celtic will know that there are a lot of tricky situations and scenarios they’ll need to get out of if they’re to manage that. Plenty more big-game derbies to win too. There’s a reason that Rodgers run was so ridiculous. It’s not supposed to be beaten. Ever.

Of course, the fact Ange won’t be thinking about it is exactly what gives him a potential chance of reaching it. You have to say that at the moment nobody looks like touching this Celtic squad. That defeat doesn’t look like it’s arriving anytime soon, and just getting to the end of the season unbeaten will be the first goal.

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But there’s also some perspective needed at the same time. We’re not even halfway to reaching Rodgers’ record. We’re still just under 3 games from reaching that stage. As well as that, Celtic will only have their sights set on winning the title and then the Scottish Cup. That’s it. Records won’t even be getting discussed just now.

It would, of course, require Celtic to not only reach the end of the campaign unscathed, it would also require us to go a long portion of next year without defeat too. So it’s fair to say there’s still a lot to happen.

Still, you can allow the Celtic supporters to enjoy fantasizing about it for now.

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