Celtic v Ferencvaros: Postecoglou Confirms one change, Montgomery in, Bolingoli out

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou spoke to the Mainstream Media this afternoon ahead of tomorrow afternoon’s 3.30pm kick-off in the Europa League group stages match at Celtic Park against Hungarian Champions Ferencvaros…

“We’ve had more time together as a group. The international break was good for us, not just for the fact that we got our players back healthy, but the ones who stayed here, we could actually do some work with.” Ange Postecoglou

The Celtic manager does not have Boli Bolingoli listed in his Europa League squad, so despite his impressive performance at Fir Park on Saturday in the 2-0 win over Motherwell, the Belgian is going to have to sit this one out.

Adam Montgomery who missed out on the trip to Fir Park after picking up a knock in training on Friday is fully recovered and that is expected to be the only chance from the side that won on Saturday.

Martin Montoya of Real Betis in action with Adam Montgomery of Celtic. Photo Jose Luis Contreras

That means the Celtic team to play Ferencvaros is almost certain to be Hart, Ralston, Carter-Vickers, Starfelt and Montgomery; McGregor, Rogic and Turnbull; Abada, Kyogo and Jota.

“I’m well aware of Ferencvaros and the kind of team they are. Obviously we’ve watched them closely over recent weeks in the Europa League and in their own competition. In recent history as well, last year the two sides met in qualification for the Champions League.

“We know they will be a good challenge for us. They are a good team, they had a disappointing result in the league at the weekend, but the manager rested a few players, so we expect a good challenge tomorrow.

“I said before the weekend’s game that we’re definitely better prepared. We’re just more settled, the players are more settled, everyone’s a bit more settled,” the Celtic manager said.

“We’ve had more time together as a group. The international break was good for us, not just for the fact that we got our players back healthy, but the ones who stayed here, we could actually do some work with.

 (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“We just have a more settled squad and I think the one thing about the European games, both games we’ve had so far, we’ve shown that in moments when we take the game to the opposition, we can make an impact.

“We’ve certainly also paid for our mistakes and that’s the level of European competition. Our football in general in both games has been good, even though in the Leverkusen game we lost quite convincingly, but anyone who watched that game will know that we had our fair share of chances to make an impact.

“But at the same time, the flipside of that was that, both against Betis and Leverkusen, we got punished for our mistakes and that’s part of our learning process in playing at this level,” Ange admitted.

Ange Postecoglou acknowledges the Celtic fans after the win over Motherwell. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“It’s part of the evolution of the team and from our perspective there were enough positive signs in those performances to continue what we’re doing. It’s easy to set up the team to stop the opposition, but if you really want to make an impact in Europe you’ve got to be able to hurt the opposition yourself and I think we showed that in both games.’

“Part of that process as well is learning that you’re going to get punished for your mistakes by quality opposition. That’s part of the learning process and it doesn’t derail what you’re trying to do.”

Callum McGregor also spoke to the Mainstream media this afternoon, watch that media conference below…

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