Celtic 3-1 Hibs – “A chaotic game right from the start,” Ange Postecoglou

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou spoke to Celtic TV after the 3-1 win over Hibs at Celtic Park this afternoon and as well as discussing the match Ange gave an update on the injury situation as we go into the International break still nine points clear at the top of the league looking down on theRangers. Here’s how Ange’s interview with the club’s TV channel went…

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou on the touchline during the cinch Premiership match against Hibs at Celtic Park, on Saturday March 18, 2023. Photo Steve Welsh

Celtic TV: Can you summarise the 100-plus minutes that you saw today?

Ange Postecoglou: “It was different. It just seemed to be a little bit of a chaotic game right from the start. There were always things happening other than the football and we just couldn’t really get into a rhythm or a flow and impose ourselves on the game. We had to work pretty hard and stay pretty disciplined through that. Credit to the lads [in the]second half we maintained our composure a lot better and made the impact when we needed to.”

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Celtic v Hibernian – cinch Premiership – Jota scores our first goal of the game during the cinch Premiership match at Celtic Park, on Saturday March 18, 2023.Photo Steve Welsh

Celtic TV: You lost Reo Hatate early but once you go a goal down against 10 men does that make it even more difficult?

Ange Postecoglou: “I don’t think it makes it more difficult it just adds to that chaos. We lost Reo early and there was a lot going on out there that was non-football-related, even the penalty we conceded. So it’s fair to say we just couldn’t get into a real rhythm. But second half we did that and even before that we created some good chances. David Marshall pulled off some pretty good saves and there were chances we’d normally put away but the boys got the job done.”

Celtic v Hibernian – cinch Premiership – Celtic Park  Sead Haksabanovic scores our third goal of the game on Saturday March 18, 2023. Photo Steve Welsh

Celtic TV: How pleased are you with the composure and professionalism in the second period?

Ange Postecoglou: “That’s where we needed to show that and it’s not the first time we’ve done that. It’s very easy in that kind of game to buy into the chaos and go away from what we wanted to do but for the most part we kept our discipline and wore them down. It was great input and impact by the guys coming on.”

Celtic v Hibernian – cinch Premiership – Celtic Park Hyeongyu Oh scores  our second goal at Celtic Park, on  Saturday March 18, 2023. Photo Steve Welsh

Celtic TV: Oh powered away a really important second goal… 

Ange Postecoglou:  “Yeah, he’s a good player and he will be a good player for us. We’re easing him into things here and he’s still learning a lot. But you watch him train every day and he’s got a real presence about him in the penalty box. It was good for him to get the goal tonight. When he came on he made a difference.”

Celtic TV: Are we any further forward on Reo’s situation?

Celtic v Hibernian – cinch Premiership – Celtic Park Celtic s Leo Hatate centre leaves the pitch injured during the cinch Premiership match at Celtic Park, Saturday March 18, 2023. Photo Steve Welsh

Ange Postecoglou:  “We’ll see with Reo. He obviously felt something so we’ll have to see how he recovers from that. We’ve got a couple of weeks [the international break]so hopefully, that helps him. Greg was pretty much struggling for most of the game so it’ll be good to have a couple of weeks to recover. Aaron and Tomoki we don’t expect to be missing once the games resume. With the international guys we’ll just have to wait and see.”

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