The point being missed about Ange's Celtic amid Ibrox post-derby moaning

By Hamish Carton

April 12, 2023

The Ibrox excuse book has been out again in recent days after another derby defeat to Celtic.

Ange Postecoglou‘s Hoops are now unbeaten in their last eight derbies in 90 minutes, having won five of those encounters.

On top of that, the Hoops are almost certain to win the Premiership title this season, and already have the League Cup in the bag.

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In a matter of weeks, Postecoglou will have won four of the five domestic trophies on offer to him since arriving in Scotland.

Taking all of that in to account, you’d assume that those of a Rangers persuasion would be looking in the mirror for answers, and not blaming external factors.

But alas, it was all referee Kevin Clancy’s fault for disallowing Alfredo Morelos’ opener for a push on Alistair Johnston.

Rangers wrote to the SFA after the defeat to Celtic, with Michael Beale and James Tavernier both referencing it in their post-match comments.

The point being missed amid all of the moaning is that it probably wasn’t even a defining moment in the match. Celtic may well have been able to win the match from behind anyway.

It’s a point that Scott McDonald made on yesterday’s 67 Hail Hail YouTube video.

“I think we did get quite lucky,” he said of the incident. “But that’s not to say that the result would have ended up any different to what it ended up anyway.

“There was a lot of football to be played anyway even if that had been allowed.

“It might actually have shocked Celtic in to action at that point. I think it probably would’ve done.

“To say that was a game changer, I’m not so sure. Celtic, at home, you’d expect to get chances.”

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Celtic have proven to be a team that always finds the answers when questions are asked. It’s something that Ange Postecoglou spoke about after the win over Rangers.

When we conceded late equalisers against St. Johnstone and Dundee United earlier in the season, we went up the other end and netted winners.

Had either of the equalisers been disallowed for whatever reason, there would have been comments about them being defining decisions.

Even against Rangers, when we go behind, we usually find a way back under Ange.

That’s the point that people from the other side seem to be missing amid all of the post-match hysteria.

This Celtic team never stops. They always find a way.

In other news, Reo Hatate won’t be around for Celtic at Rugby Park on Sunday