There was one thing about Celtic last night that still left Ange Postecoglou frustrated
Celtic managed to overcome Hearts in a real stuffy battle at Parkhead last night, but it wasn’t all rosy for Ange Postecoglou post-match.
The Hoops had to grind out another big home win after a solitary Kyogo Furuhashi strike was enough to take the points.
However, it only ended up being a battle after Celtic failed to make their dominance count in the opening 45. Even in the second half, the Hoops had a host of opportunities that they failed to put away. That’s what subsequently led to the aforementioned battle.
And whilst Ange was clearly pleased with how his side managed to see the game through, he’s also evidently irked by his team’s lack of cutting edge.
Speaking at his post-match press conference in which 67HailHail attended, Postecoglou said: “I was pleased generally with the performance. Pleased with the result obviously. Just a bit frustrated because our sort of finishing with the front 3…we just need to be more ruthless and put teams away with our dominance.
“We didn’t. We kind of kept them in the game a little bit all the way through. Having said that we still defended well. I don’t think Joe really had one outstanding save to make. So there are good signs from a defensive point of view.
“But yeah just a frustrated because like I said I thought we could’ve been a bit more ruthless in the final third.”
Celtic showing two sides to their game but Ange Postecoglou isn’t wrong
There are always two ways you can look at this, and neither are particularly wrong. On one hand it’s pleasing and probably reassuring to see this level of solidity about Celtic. It’s important that we see them grinding out results against the tougher teams in the league. That’s vital for any championship-winning team.
Would we have won that game last season for example? Unlikely. It’s the kind of fixture we would’ve crumbled in and likely conceded in the closing stages. That’s just how mentally fragile we were last year. But things are different now.
At the same time, you can’t say Ange is wrong here either. Celtic don’t go into games and plan to be 1-0 ahead heading into the final 10 minutes. Especially at Celtic Park. They look to seize the initiative and put the game beyond doubt well before the closing stages. That’s the mentality and style Ange is looking to bring to Glasgow.
So far, we’ve seen that come to fruition on occasion. The routs of Dundee and St Mirren at Parkhead, for example, are particular standouts. But there are still major improvements to be made.
Ange knows that, and he can allow himself to be pleased with what he watched from his team last night. As great as 5-0 and 6-0 wins are, sometimes you just need to get that feeling of overcoming a successful battle like last night.
Ahead of another crucial game against Dundee United on Sunday, let’s see how the players to react to this one.
In other news, Dundee United’s important statement on Celtic game that went under the radar last night