2021: Celtic’s Terrible Away Day Stats – Managers 3 Played 18 Won 4 Drawn 4 Lost 10

Ange Postecoglou has been in the game long enough to recognise the stark reality of the situation that he now faces at Celtic. The supporters have given the Australian own complete backing so far – he can have absolutely no complaints about that – but that trust must now be rewarded and the away form that Celtic have had this year is shaping up to the the worst in living memory.

Celtic away form in 2021, going from yesterday back to the start of this year reads like this…

Livingston v Celtic – Ange Postecoglou. Photo Andrew Milligan

Season 2021/22 Manager Ange Postecoglou

DEFEAT – Livingston 1-0 Celtic
DEFEAT – Real Betis 4-3 Celtic
DEFEAT – theRangers 1-0 Celtic
DEFEAT – AZ Alkmaar 2-1 Celtic
WIN – Jablonec 2-4 Celtic
DEFEAT – Hearts 2-1 Celtic
DEFEAT – Midtjylland 2-1 Celtic

Photo: Stephen Dobson

Season 2020/2021 Interim Manager John Kennedy

DRAW – Hibs 0-0 Celtic
DEFEAT – theRangers 4-1 Celtic
DRAW – Aberdeen 1-1 Celtic
DEFEAT – theRangers 2-0 Celtic
DRAW – Dundee Utd 0-0 Celtic

Photo: Jeff Holmes

Season 2020/2021 Manager Neil Lennon…

DEFEAT – Ross County 1-0 Celtic
WIN – St Johnstone 1-2 Celtic
WIN – St Mirren 0-4 Celtic
WIN – Kilmarnock 0-4 Celtic
DRAW  – Livingston 2-2 Celtic
DEFEAT – theRangers 1-0 Celtic

Total  – Played 18 Won 4 Drawn 4 Lost 10 – as we said yesterday THIS IS CELTIC, FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE!

Here’s Ange Postecoglou’s post-match comments after the latest defeat at Livingston. “Our football was ok, we created some chances but our decisions in the final third were really poor, probably the poorest they’ve been all year,” he told the media, as reported by Scottish Sun. “We’ve had some issues defensively but I thought in the front half we were terrible.

“That was everybody, not just the strikers or the attacking players. We lacked a real conviction in going forward to be positive. That falls on me to get it right.

Livingston v Celtic – Stephen Welsh right heads towards goal. Photo Andrew Milligan

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“We started the game very sterile and didn’t really take the game to them. We wanted to ease our way into the game and when they scored we were chasing the game.

“We paid the price for not applying ourselves as we should. ’m not big on learning curves. I don’t think we learned anything we didn’t know before the game.

“My responsibility, and it is my responsibility, lies in making sure the team is prepared well irrespective of the opponent. It’s just a disappointing day for all of us, and it’s my responsibility to make sure that moving forward we don’t allow these sort of situations to happen again.

“It’s not the away form, it’s the results. Our performances have been good,” the Celtic manager concluded.

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

1 Comment

  1. I don’t think the away performances have been good i think they have been average at best. We get out muscled in every game as apart from Carter Vickers we aren’t physical at all and almost every team in Scotland has at least 3 or more guys with physical presence than we have and we will struggle until this is addressed its middle of September and we have 3 league defeats already we can’t afford many more but i sadly think they are inevitable. Welsh and starfelt are they any better than Jack hendry was for us? We need more steel in the team or we end up like Tommy Burns’s team of the 90s lots of plaudits but very few trophies