The overlooked moment yesterday that sums up what Ange Postecoglou has done to these Celtic players

By John McGinley

April 10, 2022

Celtic were very impressive yesterday in a number of ways.

First of all, they left no one in any doubt about their focus and determination in the wake of a win against Rangers last week. A lot of talking heads were discussing complacency in the build-up to the fixture – there was none of that.

Secondly, the skill and ability on display was thrilling to watch. Ange Postecoglou really has assembled a collection of talented footballers.

The performance went beyond all of that though. It felt like a culmination of the work that the manager has been drilling into these players all season long.

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One moment summed it all up and it wasn’t a goal or a wonderful assist – it was St Johnstone’s kick-off when they went 7-0 down.

With such a huge advantage in the match and the clock rapidly ticking down to the 90th minute, you’d have almost excused Celtic for taking their levels down a notch and letting St Johnstone have a bit of safe possession.

Watch the highlights though – the effort levels are exceptional. St Johnstone kick-off and immediately the trio of Kyogo Furuhashi, Matt O’Riley and Liel Abada are hustling and harrying to press the away side in their own half.

O’Riley swiftly wins back possession as a result and releases Abada, who in turn plays a lovely ball to create a Kyogo chance he really should have scored from for 8-0.

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It’s not the creation of the chance I am particularly impressed with, as easy on the eye as it was, it’s just the sheer effort to immediately spring back into a high-intensity mode when the team are cruising.

The ‘we never stop’ mentality has been much discussed this season but it’s no longer something Celtic have to strive for or be forced into – it’s just inherently built into the way they play now. It’s second nature.

Ange has brought them to this place that goes beyond the lesson of the ethos – it’s now just who Celtic are.

And that bodes well because if this is your default way of playing then it should be adaptable to any environment and any opposition.

With another full pre-season and a few more quality additions to the squad, it really is frightening to think where Postecoglou can take this team next term.

In other news, Celtic defender Osaze Urhoghide is making a big impression out on loan as chief exec speaks out.