What Celtic boss is delighted with amidst wave of challenges

By Euan Davidson

December 14, 2021

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has praised his players for their spirit and ability to overcome the wave of obstacles thrown their way in recent weeks.

With a high volume of games, a building injury list and challenges in Europe, the league and the cups, it would overwhelm many a team. The Celtic boss, however, is enthusiastic about the mentality of his lads, many of whom only arrived in the summer.

The Hoops face Ross County tomorrow night, and amidst some significant injury blows, Postecoglou remains steadfast about the spirit in the side.

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He said [Sky Sports]:

“We had challenges right from the moment I came here. Throwing guys in without training, throwing guys in who hadn’t had a pre-season, throwing guys in from the other side of the world.

“Through it all, we haven’t made excuses, we haven’t tried to make allowances, we haven’t said ‘give us time’.

“We have just got on with it and the squad keeps getting on with it, which as a manager is brilliant to see because it means I have got a really resilient, tough group of players who want to be successful.”

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Ange Postecoglou has reason to believe in this Celtic side; the evidence is there

The Celtic manager has, in fairness, plenty of reason to believe in the mentality of his side. Even after some significant set-backs, the response has been great. Take, for example, the form shown after the 4-0 loss against Bayer Leverkusen.

Or, when McGregor was injured. Kyogo was injured. Rogic was injured. Several key players have been in and out of the treatment room, in and out of squads, yet Celtic keep picking up results.

No more was that evident than on Sunday. Against a good Motherwell side, Celtic essentially played without a striker and still managed to create chances. Enough chances, in fact, that the game really ought to have been more comfortable.

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Yes, it’s a stressful period. But there’s plenty of room to believe in what the Celtic players can achieve at full strength. At the moment, it’s purely about getting the job done.

That’s what Ange’s Bhoys are doing. And it may not always be the prettiest sight, but that resolve is going to be needed in Dingwall tomorrow night.

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