The important instruction Celtic coaches demanded within seconds yesterday

By David Walton

July 7, 2022

One of the great things about a game like yesterday is that Celtic supporters were able to hear all of the communication from the coaching staff towards the players.

There was plenty of encouragement being delivered by the likes of John Kennedy and Harry Kewell. Ange Postecoglou, meanwhile, was constantly heard urging the players to keep the tempo up.

However, there was an interesting instruction being demanded of the players in the opening stages of the 7-0 win against Wiener Viktoria. In fact, it was heard within seconds.

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Within 5 seconds, there was an emphasis on the bench on the Celtic players only taking 2 touches on the ball whenever possible. Clearly designed to keep the ball moving and ensure the tempo remained high.

This was particularly noticeable from the players within the first few minutes, especially the centre-backs when under no pressure. Chris Jullien was always trying to keep his touches on the ball to a minimum. That was clear to see from a very early stage.

There was also some slick two-touch moves in the opening half-hour that cut Viktoria open and showed the importance of keeping the intensity as high as possible.

Celtic players gave it their all to keep the pressure on

The first half yesterday told us a lot about this Celtic team and what Ange is looking for ahead of the new campaign.

This wasn’t a fixture designed to ease players back into a playing environment. The coaches were putting plenty of pressure and demands on them in a bid to remind the players the style we’re implementing at this club.

It didn’t always work. Not every Celtic player managed to hold on to the ball for as little as two touches. It’s not logical to expect that either. But it was clearly something they were trying to do whenever possible, especially when getting the ball out of defence.

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And it’s even more pleasing to note that this was largely a reserve team with fringe stars and youngsters involved. It’s not as if this was Ange’s best players on show.

This will no doubt be a tactic demanded of the players when they face off against Rapid Vienna on Saturday. Celtic supporters will expect the tempo to be raised higher once again, whilst the manager will want to keep the winning run going.

All eyes then on Saturday as the Celtic fans continue to be excited by the momentum generated.

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