Video: A joy to watch as class fan footage captures Ange's Celtic in full flow
Celtic were an absolute pleasure to watch yesterday as they hammered St Johnstone 7-0 at Parkhead.
It was perhaps our most complete performance of the season, with Joe Hart genuinely not having a single save to make. In addition to that, some of the football going forward was outrageous and beautifully varied. Whether it was a long ball that caught out the Saints defence or a quick, precise passing move – they just couldn’t live with us.
And speaking of precise passing moves, one Celtic supporter caught the entire build-up to Matt O’Riley’s second goal and Celtic’s 6th of the afternoon. It’s fair to say it’s a sight to behold as Ange Postecoglou’s philosophy was on full show. Take a look for yourself:
For those who managed to avoid the temptation of counting, that was 41 consecutive passes without interruption that led up to the finish from O’Riley.
You have to say the quality of the strike itself from the Denmark under-21 international was sumptuous. It was a finish befitting of the move that preceded it.
But more importantly, it highlighted the football Ange is trying to instill into this Celtic side. This video alone is proof that serious progress is being made as everything starts to come together for the Hoops.
Ange teams peak at the end of the season; Celtic fans are seeing that right now
Ange famously stated after the 3-0 hammering of Rangers back in February that Celtic need to get better. In doing so he stated that he would be coaching them to peak at the end of the season [BBC].
We’re now into the final few weeks of the campaign, and all of a sudden these words look prophetic. After all, can you honestly say there has been a period in the season where the football was as blistering as it was yesterday? Probably not.
And no, this doesn’t mean that we’re going to be battering the top 6 teams 5-0, 6-0, or 7-0 between now and the end of the campaign. Far from it. What it means is that we’ll be as well equipped to overcome all challenges presented to us within that period.
Take the Rangers game last week for example. Celtic weren’t at their best going forward. But they had the solutions to the game within them. They were probably the best they’ve been all season defensively as they repelled cross after cross into our penalty area.
Ange’s Celtic have so many sides to them that they’re now able to show. That’s what it means for a team to peak. For them to be able to deal with all challenges.
In doing so, we’ve turned the psychological screw on Rangers ahead of their own game at St Mirren this afternoon. But regardless of what happens there, everything is in our hands. We look nowhere near dropping it either.