"There's nothing wrong with that"; Celtic boss slams idea Aberdeen win was lucky
Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has rejected the media narrative that the Hoops’ 2-1 win over Aberdeen yesterday was fortuitous.
The Greek-Australian had goals from Jota and Callum McGregor to thank for seeing off the Dons. In addition, Celtic hit the woodwork whilst Aberdeen were given a penalty that should never have been. In theory, the game should’ve been a lot more comfortable.
However, much focus has been placed on the winning goal. As McGregor closed down a clearance, the ball bounced off him in fortunate fashion before it trickled into the net.
It clearly wasn’t conventional, but Celtic found a way to bag the points. And when it was put to him whether his team was lucky, Ange dismissed the idea via the Scottish Sun:
“I don’t know about luck. If you put yourself in those situations often enough, then y’know. A couple were cleared off the line, we hit the post. Is that unlucky? I don’t know. At the end, I think it was deserved.
“I don’t think we were just grinding today. We were still bright in areas. Aberdeen were well organised and we had to find creative ways to break them down. It’s not easy when the opposition sits so deep. It wasn’t a game that was going to be open and entertaining.
“But it’s important you get these victories. I still thought we got it with elements of our game, particularly the defensive side of the game. People talk about the attack but we are relentless defensively, from Kyogo at the front to the boys at the back and in midfield. We work hard. Getting rewards that way, there is nothing wrong with that.”
Celtic did more than just grind against Aberdeen
Postecoglou has every right to be a touch irked here. It’s being made out as if we wouldn’t have managed to overcome the Dons had we not gotten that slice of luck in the second half.
Sure, it was a lucky goal. That moment in isolation was one in which Celtic were favoured by the footballing gods. But that’s where our luck ended on the day. Not much has been said about the ridiculous penalty decision that hauled Aberdeen back into a game they were never in.
Celtic still bossed possession and shots on the day. Joe Hart had one save to make outside of the penalty. He was hardly worked, and that shows exactly how Aberdeen came to Parkhead and set themselves up.
Postecoglou will be satisfied just to have gotten the 3 points. If Aberdeen had taken a draw, you would have to have said that it was quite simply daylight robbery. Certainly when you consider everything we out into the game.
Regardless, the victory was indeed secured. We keep in touch with Rangers at the top of the Premiership and make it 2 wins out of 2 against the Granite City men this season. Not bad reading for the manager, who’s now unbeaten in 8 league games.
Luck? There’s a bit more to it than that.