Why Ange Postecoglou's next Celtic media appearance is so anticipated

By Lewis Laird

April 20, 2022

It is fair to say that it has mostly been an enjoyable season on the park watching this Celtic side after Ange Postecoglou’s incredible summer turnaround. The former Socceroos boss has delivered the Premier Sports cup trophy and has the Hoops currently sitting with a six-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

There has also been a turnaround off the park in the media room, with supporters regularly enjoying what the Celtic boss has to say in his pre and post-match press conferences each week.

The Celtic support will once again be eagerly anticipating Postecoglou’s next press conference appearance. However, it might not be for the most positive reasons, as we await injury updates on several key players.

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Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic team had physical issues on Sunday

In the disappointing Hampden Park defeat, Hoops defender Josip Juranovic was forced off due to an injury knock, whilst other players in Postecoglou’s squad, including Cameron Carter Vickers, looked to be toiling a little after 120 minutes of football.

It’s hard for the manager to make immediate conclusions on injuries in his post-match media duties, so there’s a bit of an unknown right now about how everyone is doing.

With each of the last five games of the season being a must-win at this stage for the squad, it is important that we have as close to a fully available squad as possible.

So, it is now a case of waiting to see what Ange has to say, to confirm the outcome of the injury knocks sustained last weekend and if any key stars are set to miss the crucial final few games of the season.

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Celtic will be hoping for some injury luck

Despite the success Ange has enjoyed so far as manager, the 56-year old has received hardly any luck when it comes to the injuries his squad have had to face throughout the campaign.

Looking across the season, there seems to have been rarely a point where the Celtic boss has had his entire squad available for selection, with one or two players missing from each matchday squad.

So, Postecoglou will be hoping that the injury knocks to Juranovic and potentially Carter Vickers aren’t as bad as first feared, with both players being a huge influence at the back for this Celtic side and in front of goal in recent weeks.

It might be the case that Ange chooses to keep his cards close to his chest when delivering his updates. But Celtic fans will be hoping for some positive news on the injury front, which would include the return of striker Giorgos Giakoumakis for the final few games of the Premiership season.

Keep your fingers crossed!

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