SPFL man makes classy assessment on playing against Postecoglou's Celtic

By Euan Davidson

December 7, 2021

Charlie Mulgrew played in some excellent Celtic teams, but he admits that Ange Postecoglou has the Bhoys playing some dangerous football.

Mulgrew, who’s been excellent for Tam Courts’ Dundee United, was part of a team that lost 3-0 to the Hoops on Sunday. Having lifted 5 titles with Celtic, coming through the Academy, leaving, then coming back to play an integral role at his boyhood club, he knows the expectations.

Playing the Celtic way, never giving opposition a moment’s rest. And he intimated that Celtic have that in abundance under Postecoglou.

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The former Scotland international and Celtic vice-captain said [Herald]:

“We came into the game and didn’t expect it to be that one-sided. But that can happen against Celtic. They are a good team.

“We probably didn’t get close enough to them. But it’s hard. It’s easy to say we didn’t get close enough but there’s a lot of spaces and a lot of good movement. It’s not by accident that, so fair play to their manager and his team because they played some right good stuff.

“They took positions all the time. When they had the ball one pops out of position and another pops in. It’s not easy to deal with.

“Maybe if you get them on and off day then you can get close to them. But, we didn’t this time and we’re gutted about that. We have to move on quick.”

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Are Postecoglou and Celtic getting the credit they deserve around the SPFL?

The compliments are coming thick and fast. Last week, prior to his complaints about being beaten by referees, Hearts boss Robbie Neilson admitted that his side had been “dominated” by Celtic. That happened again last Thursday, but it wasn’t at the forefront of his mind at the time.

Mulgrew, admittedly, seems more likely to compliment his boyhood club. But he’s also a model professional. His fitness and ability at 35 are testament to that. He’s offering his praise, yes, but also insisting his team can do better.

The set-piece specialist and versatile ex-Scotland man is right; good as Dundee United were at Celtic Park, they were chasing shadows at Tannadice.

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Postecoglou, it seems, is garnering the respect he deserves. Even Andy Walker, who can be hard to please, was purring at the Hoops display on Sunday. The Celtic players are keyed in to his demands on the pitch, and it’s showing with an excellent run of domestic form.

Undoubtedly, leaders Rangers should be looking behind with a fair amount of trepidation.

While Thursday night can be seen as a dead rubber, it’s also an opportunity to give minutes to fringe players. They’ll be needed to give extra impetus off the bench; something we very much saw on Sunday through the likes of Liam Scales.

The rest of the league, be warned.

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