Hibs boss admires Ange Postecoglou and likes Celtic’s vibe, tempo and quality

Hibs manager Lee Johnston has admitted that he’s a big fan of Ange Postecoglou and will be looking to steal one or two aspects of the Celtic manager’s tactical approach to the game to incorporate into his own approach to setting up the Easter Road outfit.

Johnston is looking forward to tomorrow’s Scottish Premiership trip to the east end of Glasgow to play the Scottish Champions and league leaders and says that he is a fan of how the Australian boss has got Celtic playing.

“I like them, really good,” Johnston told the mainstream media, as reported by Scotsman. “Interesting style, I like the manager. He is a coach I’ve watched over a period of time and enjoyed and learned from.

“This will be interesting to go into this game with their distinct style of play and our distinct style of play. I’m looking forward to the challenge.

“I like the vibe, I like their penetrative runs, I like their tempo. I like their quality and they’re sitting top of the league so it’s up to us to really go there, give a fantastic show of ourselves and maintain a real belief in how we do it.

“The build-up play, the two full backs come in narrow and they feed the winger very early, their movements in that third phase of the build, all very technical. When you’ve been in football as long as I have, it’s very rare when you see new things. So when you do, it becomes interesting and you study off the back of it.

“The best coaches are the best thieves. Sometimes you need to thieve somebody else’s idea and wrap it into your philosophy.”

Celtic take on Hibs at Celtic Park on Saturday 15 October with a 3 pm kick-off. The match is live on Celtic TV to subscribers outside of Britain and Ireland. Ange Postecoglou will provide an update on his squad early afternoon and we’ll bring that information to you when we have it.

Jota could be back, Liel Abada who went off in the first half against RB Leipzig on Tuesday night with a dead-leg should be fine but Carl Starfelt and Callum McGregor remain sidelined. James Forrest is doing all he can to convince the manager that he merits a start and that could come tomorrow.

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