St Mirren star labels Celtic "different class" under Ange Postecoglou
St Mirren goalkeeper Jak Alnwick has stated that Celtic have been “different class” under Ange Postecoglou this season as he talked up the Hoops before tomorrow’s meeting.
Celtic will host the Buddies in a crucial Premiership encounter as we look to bounce back from our 0-0 draw at Hibernian yesterday. The Hoops have been in concerning form when it comes to their performance levels, but the Sunday stalemate was our only dropped points of 2022.
Outside of that, Celtic have been on a barnstorming run in the Premiership. Since September’s 1-1 draw with Dundee United, Postecoglou’s men have secured 57 of a possible 63 points. It’s a run that’s seen them climb above Rangers to top spot as we look to extend our 3-point advantage in the coming weeks.
And it’s clear that our form hasn’t gone unnoticed when it comes to our domestic rivals either. Alnwick, who’s likely to start in goal tomorrow night, as been talking Celtic up pre-match.
As quoted by the Daily Record, the Englishman said: “I hope I have nothing to do and we go and win 6-0! But no, I’m going to be busy.
“They’re flying and have had a disappointment in Europe so you expect a reaction. They are top of the league for a reason and have been different class over the campaign. It’s going to be difficult, we will go with a plan and you saw when we played here, when I wasn’t playing and Deano (Lyness) had a lot to do, that you expect to be busy but hope that you’re not.
“That 0-0 could take us a long way this season. We have seen how tight it is at both ends of the table.”
St Mirren at Celtic Park – the picture perfect game for Ange’s team right now
St Mirren will come to Celtic Park and undoubtedly do what they managed to so successfully in Paisley back in December. They’ll sit deep and station 2 defensive banks in front of the Celtic players. They’ll try to limit the space for the wide-men and cut off the avenues for the full-backs to go beyond.
Granted, with the game being at Celtic Park, the Hoops should have far too much for them. We saw that back in August when we ran out 6-0 winners at Parkhead. Then managed by Jim Goodwin, the Buddies were absolutely blitzed on the day.
This is by far the perfect game for Ange to get his Celtic team back on track. With St Mirren under new management, they’re still trying to figure things out under Stephen Robinson. Therefore he’s likely going to take the exact same approach as Goodwin in their last 2 games against us.
But there’s no reason Celtic shouldn’t be returning to the imperious form that romped them to top spot. Not when you consider we have the vast majority of our top stars fit. There’s no excuse not to seriously be taking advantage here.
Many will say that at this stage of the season it’s all about grinding out results. You can understand that viewpoint and, to an extent, it’s accurate enough. However, Celtic could really do with a performance just to show their supporters that things aren’t growing stale at a key time of the season.
That’s what makes tomorrow night so important. A narrow win will of course be 3 points in the bag, but question marks will continue over how unconvincing we’ve been. Hopefully, that’s not the case tomorrow in what should be a big opportunity for the players to really get motoring again.