The valuable reminder that could arise from Celtic's Paisley disappointment

By Lewis Laird

September 19, 2022

Celtic’s defeat against St Mirren on Sunday afternoon came as a huge disappointment to both the fans and all those involved at the club.

The Hoops made a brilliant start to the 2022/23 campaign, keeping up their 100% domestic run after seven games in the league and cup.

Not only was Ange Postecoglou’s side picking up points, but they were also putting in some impressive performances, which led to several huge victories.

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However, after almost 12 months unbeaten in league action, the Bhoys’ run of form in the league came to an end after a frustrating display in Paisley.

Of course, at a club like Celtic, it is disappointing to lose any game, with the standards at Parkhead so high, and Ange Postecoglou is already well aware of that.

However, Sunday’s defeat could provide his squad with a valuable lesson as we head into the September international break.

After such an incredible start to the new season, which saw the Hoops score 25 goals, with only one in reply, this group of players had every right to go into each game confident.

It shouldn’t be a lesson that players need, but yesterday afternoon’s defeat just goes to show that we need to maintain those top levels every week to continue our consistent run of form.

Ultimately, Sunday’s performance was very much an off-day for Postecoglou’s squad, and they have plenty of credit in the bank following their brilliant 38-game unbeaten run.

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It is incredible to think that Sunday will mark the first time players such as Matt O’Riley and Reo Hatate have suffered defeat in the league as Celtic players.

I am sure the entire Hoops squad will be well aware of this, but just as a slight reminder, the loss against St Mirren goes to show the challenging task at hand they still have should they want to retain the Scottish Premiership title.

Some might say defeat in Paisley comes as a small wake-up call for the squad.

Although I would feel a little harsh using that phrase personally, due to the great start we had, if we can learn our lesson, it could come as a valuable reminder.

Across the board, there are plenty of lessons to be learned from this result, and some might even say it comes as a decent time, following a tough run of fixtures and now an international break.

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Upon our return to action at the start of October, supporters will be keen to see a reaction in our fixture against Motherwell, and I am sure Postecoglou and his players will be desperate to get back to winning ways.

It is also crucial that we return and match the level of performances we were seeing every week during the opening six fixtures of the league season, as that is what is needed to continue winning games our way.

Sunday’s reminder could prove to be the catalyst that starts another long unbeaten run on the domestic front, which I am sure the Celtic boss will be keen to emulate once again.

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