Impressive Celtic performers are already showcasing the effects of Ange's pre-season work

By Lewis Laird

August 8, 2022

It has been a strong start to the season for Celtic, picking up two victories to kick off the Scottish Premiership campaign.

The Bhoys faced two potentially tricky fixtures to start their push for a second title under Ange Postecoglou, with Aberdeen travelling to Glasgow before a trip to Ross County.

However, Postecoglou’s side came through both games, taking home six points, and are sitting nicely at the top of the league.

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It may seem like business as usual for the Celtic manager and his squad, starting off the new season as they left off, continuing an impressive 34-game unbeaten run in the league.

However, different aspects of the performances across the two games have impressed fans with the way the Hoops have started off in competitive action.

All eyes were on the incoming signings as we headed into the summer transfer window, and although we have seen the arrival of a few new faces, it has been reliable members of last season’s squad who have continued to impress.

Players such as Greg Taylor and Jota have made strong starts to the new campaign, putting in brilliant performances to help us on our way to each victory.

Of course, after a strong end to 2021/22, that sort of impact is now expected from these players at this stage.

However, it has also made sections of the support, including myself, realise just how effective the pre-season period over the last few weeks has been.

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Ange Postecoglou’s pre-season work already showing how effective it will be for Celtic this season.

Upon his arrival in Glasgow this time last year, pre-season was a difficult period for Postecoglou and his players.

The Celtic manager was trying to build up his squad’s fitness whilst also undergoing a rebuild and bringing in a whole host of new signings.

Much of Ange Postecoglou’s work on the squad was done after pre-season, once the competitive action was already underway.

This summer, that was completely different. The 56-year-old and his coaching staff were handed several uninterrupted weeks to work with the players.

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During that period, the Hoops got to work on the training ground at their camp in Austria and back home in Scotland at Lennoxtown.

From the early performances in the league it is already beginning to show how crucial that work put in across the summer will be for this side across the entire campaign.

Players like Jota were given an extended period to work on their improvements, which has led to him picking up four goal contributions within the first two games.

The exciting part is that it is only going to get better for Celtic once the match sharpness fully kicks in, and that is a scary prospect for our fellow Scottish counterparts.

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