Loved the brilliant wee dig Ange Postecoglou slipped in to his post match interview with Celtic TV yesterday afternoon after his side defeated Hearts 2-0 to go two points clear at the top of the league looking down at theRangers…
Here’s what happened…
Celtic TV: What was your assessment of the game?
Ange Postecoglou: “It was a tough game. It felt like a game where there was not a lot of rhythm in it and there was a lot of stop-starting and there was not a great flow to the game in general. We created some good opportunities which we didn’t take and we never really got threatened so overall it was solid.”
Celtic TV: When it comes to the flow there are three factors – how much of that do you put down to your own side, the way the game was officiated and Hearts taking the opportunity to slow things down?
Ange Postecoglou: “It is a bit of everything and it is up to us to try and keep it flowing and some of our passing wasn’t as crisp as it should be and allowed guys to hesitate in terms of their movement. We still had full control of the game for the most part and still got the right result.”
Celtic TV: The moment where the passing was crisp was during the first goal by Kyogo and the persistence from Maeda as he was being fouled in the build-up but it brought a moment of relief when the game was quite sticky, didn’t it?
Ange Postecoglou: “We had to break them down one way or another and the only way you can do that is to score a goal. It was a good goal and we needed to maintain that pressure and we never seemed to get a good flow in the game. We kept our discipline which was good and we didn’t get frustrated and we made sure that while it wasn’t as free-flowing as we would like it to be we were still in control of the game.”
Celtic TV: The substitutions have made a difference again and Giorgos Giakoumakis scored the second one late on in the game and that seals everything at the death doesn’t it?
Ange Postecoglou: “That is important for us the substitutes came on at a time when we needed some energy and some quality. I thought Giakoumakis did well and Reo Hatate also did well when he came on. All the substitutes contributed which is going to be important to our season.”
Some supporter feedback…
“We never really got threatened, so overall it was solid” love listening to Ange, he’s always good in interviews, well done bhoys” Amanda Davis.
“Can’t be brilliant every game, but if you win them you’re going well,” Mister C.
‘If I was a player in any other team in the SPFL I’d be thinking ” I wish he was my manager “ Gio might have worked out for ‘the rangers’ in another era but in this era… This here and now is all about Ange Postecoglou and Glasgow Celtic. ‘Celtic Park where legends are made’ Ange is a legend and he will lead us to great things. I also believe when the time comes for Ange to move on he won’t do it under the cover of darkness (Brenda Rodgers), he’ll leave us with a manager and full back room team in place to carry his legacy on. That’s how great I think this guy is,” Ian Campbell.
“With a bit more composure, Celtic look like they could score at will. Defensive width and numbers is a little worrying against counter attacks; a better/CL team would likely expose them, but so far as the leagues concerned they’re pretty solid. Hearts were lucky to only have two players sent off! A good 3 points though and on to the next one…” Mark E.
“Was a tough game actually, Hearts done well 2nd half but we’re on a roll,” theinfideluk.
“We will win games by more goals if we start with big GG. Kyogo is amazing so we have to find some way of getting them both on the pitch from the start,” Matthew Quinn.
“Loved when Ange said ‘keeping our discipline’ the rangers don’t.” Scotland the Brave.
Here are the highlights from yesterday’s game…