The Ange Postecoglou February comments which suggest top performances are set to return to Celtic

By David Walton

March 1, 2022

Celtic may be 3 points clear at the top of the Premiership, but there’s no denying performances have been a concern in recent weeks.

Celtic have only won 1 of their last 4 matches. And if truth be told, we haven’t blown away a Scottish Premiership side since our 4-0 mauling of Motherwell at Fir Park. Since then, we’ve struggled to get past Aberdeen and Dundee whilst Hibs held us to a draw.

The Hoops supporters have been left wondering when Celtic will get back into their usual stride. When they’ll return to the form that blew the likes of Rangers and Motherwell away last month. Well, the answer to that is not very long if Postecoglou’s comments are anything to go by.

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Let’s not forget what he said last month after dismantling our Govan foes at Celtic Park. With Celtic riding the crest of a wave at that point, Ange was quick to talk up and improvement, and said the following via the BBC:

“If we want to be successful, we have to be better than we were the other night [vs Rangers].

“I always try to coach a team to reach a peak at the end of the year. The reason for that is my history in the beginning is in Australia, where to be a champion you have to win a grand final at the end of the year. I’ve maintained that throughout my career because I think that’s when, for the most part, things get decided.”

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Celtic fans should be getting to see the best of Ange Postecoglou’s team very soon

Celtic are now into the final 10 Premiership matches of the season. We’re also now into March with run-in starting to get extremely serious.

Therefore, going by that logic, we’re close to seeing Celtic get back to their devastating form from earlier this year in the coming weeks. That’s certainly what Ange says should happen in any case. If he builds his teams up to peak at the end of the season, then that surely means some major improvements are going to be made.

And it would be a heck of a transition too, because performances in recent weeks haven’t even been average. They’ve been way below par. Something that Postecoglou himself must be a tough concerned about. We may have gotten away with it at the weekend, but the truth is we need a greater level of quality and consistency in the weeks ahead.

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The pressure is only going to get greater. Normally, that spells bad news as slip-ups occur on a more regular basis due to the intense nature of the challenge at hand. However, in Ange’s mind, he wants his side performing at its peak level at this stage of the season.

It’ll be interesting to see whether he manages it. After all, there are major mental obstacles to overcome. It’s not just about clicking technically once again, it’s about overcoming the intense scrutiny and pressure that’s now on every game. That gets cranked up several notches at this time of the season.

So all eyes then on whether Ange truly can get our performances back to their peak levels. If he does, it’ll be a heck of an achievement given the circumstances.

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