Recent victories have displayed the important edge Celtic squad holds over rivals

By Lewis Laird

November 10, 2022

The two recent victories against Dundee United and Motherwell have displayed the edge that Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic has over our rivals.

As the winter World Cup break approaches, the Bhoys would have been looking to keep their advantage at the top of the Scottish Premiership in the final three games.

And they have managed to do just that, even extending the points advantage over Glasgow rivals Rangers to seven last weekend.

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However, it hasn’t been all smooth sailing for the Hoops, who have needed late goals in each of their last two games to secure all three points.

Against Dundee United, strikes from Kyogo Furuhashi and Liel Abada downed the Tannadice side in stoppage time, following their own late goal, which levelled the scoring.

On Wednesday evening, Daizen Maeda’s 84th-minute strike ended up being the decisive goal in the game after Motherwell’s quick reply, which could have led to a nervy ending. But was handed well by Postecoglou and his players.

In both of these games, Celtic have showcased the important attacking edge that they have in abundance over Glasgow rivals Rangers and any of the opposition in the Scottish Premiership.

Attacking substitutes give Celtic the all-important edge in two league late shows.

That important edge is the fact that Postecoglou can turn to a number of attacking options off the bench, and he knows they can go and win him the game.

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The one main similarity of all three above-mentioned goals from Kyogo, Abada and Maeda is that they were all scored by substitutes.

Of course, Ange Postecoglou would love to see his original starting lineup go and win the game for him. But all fixtures, unfortunately, don’t pan out that way.

Instead, the Celtic boss can turn to his options off the bench, who are eager and keen to make their impression on the game after being left out of the starting lineup.

That is an edge that no other Scottish Premiership team can offer. We have also seen how hard it is to contend with as Postecoglou introduces new and different options to his midfield and front three.

Looking at the benches of some of our opposition, such as our Glasgow rivals, they simply don’t have the same sheer attacking quality we have amongst the squad.

Our performances from start to finish in games, whether that is from players in the starting XI or off the bench, are the exact reason we find ourselves sitting at the top of the league.

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Ange Postecoglou has created a fantastic atmosphere amongst the Parkhead dressing room. But it is also a competitive one, where players are hungry to impress and change games.

Ultimately, the opposition struggles to deal with that in more ways than one, and our last two results have showcased the important edge we hold.

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