The 2 Celtic players who have bought into the Postecoglou project most at Lennoxtown

By John McGinley

November 8, 2021

It’s fair to say that manager Ange Postecoglou has become a hit with Celtic supporters, and the playing squad at Lennoxtown. But that was never a guarantee.

Postecoglou arrived in Scotland as a little known figure. Despite an impressive CV of managing his country and winning leagues in both Japan and Australia, his profile was hardly massive. It’s something he would admit himself to the media shortly after joining.

So, it was crucial that both the Celtic fans and players kept an open mind about his appointment and allowed him time to implement his playing style and managerial outlook on the football club.

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It seems that two of the players who have benefited most from his arrival, Greg Taylor and Anthony Ralston, have done exactly that, setting an example for others at Lennoxtown to follow.

The Athletic reports via a source that these two players were the most bought into the Postecoglou methods and project over the summer, as the manager looked to put in place a new inverted full-back system.

Taylor was a regular in the team before his shoulder injury and has earned himself a new long-term contract under his new manager. It’s almost a guarantee he’ll feature heavily in Postecoglou’s plans once he puts the surgery behind him.

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Ralston meanwhile is easily the most improved player at Celtic this year. He’s gone from being a much-maligned figure who created confusion when signing a 12-month contract extension to becoming a hero with the support and a vital cog in Postecoglou’s team.

That was again apparent at Dens Park yesterday when the tireless full-back terrorised Dundee on the right flank, creating an overlapping outlet for his teammates and firing some delicious balls into the box. It paid off with two assists.

It’s not the first time he has impressed this season and is playing so well that Croatian international Josip Juranovic has had to be accommodated in another position. Some have questioned that but, so far, it’s working. If it’s working, I don’t have much of an issue.

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If Ralston truly is one of the most engaged players with Postecoglou’s training and methods, as The Athletic reports, then it only shows what can be possible for other fringe players and younger talents who are striving to get game time. If they dig in, they will be rewarded.

I’m sure another two weeks of training with the squad at Lennoxtown, rather than go off the play with Scotland, will only benefit Ralston and his Celtic career more.

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