"They're not going to fear anyone"; Celtic boss shows respect to Cup Double winners

By Euan Davidson

November 19, 2021

Ange Postecoglou, Celtic manager, has shown respect for tomorrow’s opponents, St Johnstone, who return to Hampden to defend one of two of their trophies won last season.

Callum Davidson’s Saints side won the League Cup and Scottish Cup last season. Built on a solid defensive framework, and the ability of players like Jason Kerr, Ali McCann and Shaun Rooney, the Perth side were excellent in the cups in 20-21.

Ange Postecoglou, then, knows it won’t be an easy one for Celtic tomorrow night. And he’s correctly pointed out that St Johnstone will be up for the challenge. However, the last meeting between the sides saw the Hoops win 2-0. The Bhoys had 79% possession, creating 18 chances [Fotmob].

Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Ahead of tomorrow night’s meeting, Ange Postecoglou said [Celtic FC]:

“They had a fantastic season last year, they won two trophies and they showed that in these big games they are up to the task and they’re not going to fear anyone.

“From our perspective we’re expecting a tough challenge but, to be fair, whoever you play in a semi-final of a tournament, you know it’s not going to be an easy game. It’s going to be a struggle, it’s going to be an arm-wrestle, it’s going to be competitive.

“There’s going to be some nervousness on both sides because you know what the consequences of success and the consequences of failure are.”

“Hampden will be a very different place on Saturday” | Jackie McNamara previews crunch Celtic semi

“Hampden will be a very different place on Saturday” | Jackie McNamara previews crunch Celtic semi
67 Hail Hail (Youtube)

Ange Postecoglou of Celtic and Callum Davidson of St Johnstone have perfect Hampden records to keep intact

As we explored earlier, something’s going to have to give. St Johnstone may have their own unbeaten run, but Celtic have gone without a loss at Hampden since 2016.

One of these streaks will have to come to an end tomorrow. Although, Postecoglou will be hoping to start a new, positive routine of his own at the national stadium.

What’s for sure, though, is that tomorrow will be a trickier test than the game at Celtic Park last month. Since that game, they’ve gone unbeaten in 3, with two draws and a win. Crucially, they only conceded once over that trio of matches [WhoScored?].

Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

No question Ange Postecoglou will have his Celtic side fired up for this one. Pre-international break, the Bhoys were absolutely flying. Despite the number of internationals on the squad, the last break proved galvanising for Postecoglou, who worked on fine-tuning tactical details at Lennoxtown.

So, yes; it’s likely to be an arm-wrestle, as Postecoglou says. But it’s also a cup game. St Johnstone will probably throw more at us, and that might actually suit Celtic.

It’ll be a fascinating one. Hampden on a Saturday night; you can’t ask for much more than that.

Not if you’re Ange Postecoglou and you’re prepping for your first Hampden trip with Celtic, anyway.

Read more: Celtic enter new media era with bold first step