What Ange Postecoglou has seen in Celtic training this week bodes well

By John McGinley

April 22, 2022

Ange Postecoglou has insisted he isn’t seeing a change in the attitude from his Celtic players and that he hasn’t had to pick them up after last Sunday’s defeat to Rangers.

There seems to be an expectation amongst some in the media that Celtic are at a low ebb at the moment after losing out in the semi-final.

Everyone recognises it was a blow, it’d be silly not to. But thankfully it doesn’t appear to have knocked the Celtic squad out of stride ahead of the final five matches in the league.

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In fact, Postecoglou is happy with what he’s witnessed at Lennoxtown this week.

Asked if he’s had to boost their mood, he told a press conference today: “No. I think my role is to give the players feedback after every performance and result – good, bad or otherwise. I have felt all along with every setback we have had, and there have been quite a few of them, that the players have embraced every challenge and I didn’t sense within the group that there was any hangover from the result.

“We got back into training and they were disappointed of course but at the same time, they understand that what needs to happen after a result like that is that you put your energies in a positive way into the next game.

“The next game is Ross County at the weekend and I haven’t felt the need to lift them up or sensed a change in the mood. They have been a determined, resilient group all year and that is what I continue to see.”

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Obviously, we need to see what kind of performance this produces on Sunday, but it doesn’t sound as though Celtic are reeling does it?

In fact, the evidence suggests we’ll not only take care of County but go on to win this league given our points advantage and form in the Premiership.

It requires the same intensity and focus as we’ve seen from the Bhoys all season – but we know they have it in them and Postecoglou does too.

In other news, No nonsense Greg Taylor expertly bats away media’s ‘all the pressure on Celtic’ question.