The unwanted historic record Ange Postecoglou has to avoid with Celtic on Sunday

By Euan Davidson

March 31, 2022

Everyone – and surely we include boss Ange Postecoglou here – is feeling good about Celtic right now, with Rangers on the horizon this Sunday.

The form has been outstanding, particularly since the turn of the year. Celtic have the bragging rights from our most recent meeting against Rangers, a 3-0 humbling in front of a raucous Hoops support. Postecoglou, himself, has overturned some dismal streaks; away form has been transformed. We’re scoring goals for fun, and stemming opposition attacks in the process.

Postecoglou also managed to stop a streak at Livingston that went back a preposterous length of time. Now, the Celtic manager needs to break another chain of results, at the home of our fiercest rivals.

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Celtic haven’t lost 5 games at Ibrox in a row since a dreadful run between 1962 and 1965. According to the Scotsman, that run actually went 6 games, including two cup defeats on Paisley Road West.

All year long, Ange Postecoglou has broken some impressive new ground for Celtic in a mixture of ways. Stemming this unwanted streak, however, has to be a prerogative.

There are the obvious implications; if we win, there’s a 6-point lead at the top of the table. We also get to be insufferable for weeks in the eyes of Rangers supporters. That’s very important. However, as a man used to making history – just ask Brisbane Roar and Australia fans – this would be the wrong kind of record for the Celtic boss.

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Ange Postecoglou has more than enough Celtic incentive to hammer Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday

In the grand scheme of things, does a bad record at Ibrox matter? Surely there’s enough riding on this Rangers v Celtic game anyway?

Well, yes and no. It’s not as if Celtic players would ever prepare for a Rangers game going “I wasn’t fussed before, but have you heard of this record from the 60s?”. That wouldn’t happen.

Still, do we want to avoid clichés about Ibrox being an “impenetrable fortress”, and have Rangers fans believing we can’t beat them in their own back garden? I think not, and neither should you!

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What’s encouraging, though, is that Ange Postecoglou hasn’t changed his approach for difficult trips on the road. Before a litany of games this season, we’ve heard all about foreboding records at certain stadia, looked at our last series of meetings, and panicked a bit.

Reasonably, too. Results don’t lie.

Even then, though, Ange Postecoglou and his Celtic team shouldn’t be feeling the weight of this record. There is more than enough incentive to beat Rangers any time, anywhere. Even if it was – hypothetically speaking – a friendly game in Australia, or something equally far-fetched.

Does Ange Postecoglou want to break this streak? If he’s even aware of it, presumably yes.

But not for history’s sake. For the now.

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