“I don’t tell them not to score, let’s put it that way,” Ange Postecoglou

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou was more than satisfied with his side’s performance on the plastic pitch at Livingston as the Scottish Champions restored their four points lead at the top of the league looking down on theRangers.

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Goals from Kyogo, goal-a-game Greg Taylor and the returning hero Jota secured the three points and Celtic even had the luxury of a missed penalty through Giorgos Giakoumakis, who was a reliable spot kick expert in his time in Dutch football but has a 100% record for missing spot kicks against Livingston!

“I thought it was a real good performance,” Ange Postecoglou told Sky Sports after the 3-0 win. “We all know it is a difficult place to come with the way that they play and how hard they work, and also the surface – I think they boys handled it really well though and we maybe could have had a few more goals.

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“We stayed disciplined. As I said it can be a really difficult place to come, I thought we were well on top and we limited their attempts at goal.

“Greg has improving all the time, he comes in every day and wants to be the best that he can be. he’s adding goals now so it’s a credit to him.

“He’s one of the few that has stayed on since I have come in and the ones that have stayed have really embraced what we are doing, and everyday we push them to be the best that they can be, it’s great to see.

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“I don’t tell them not to score, let’s put it that way! The instruction are if you are in there then have shot! But Taylor had a few good strikes today, that’s part of how we want to play. We have multiple threats, him and Anthony (Ralston) did that today.”

Inevitably after last week’s comments following on from the controversial introduction of VAR at Tynecastle, Ange was always going to be asked about getting a penalty in the league for the first time since last April. “Look if it’s a penalty then you give it, if it’s not, it’s not.

“My frustration with last week was that we almost wanted to use VAR. The less we use it the better, let’s just leave it for the key moments.”

With one significant Celtic victory secured today by Ange Postecoglou’s side at Livingston attention now turns to the SWPL1 top of the table clash at Petershill Park this afternoon when Celtic FC Women take on Glasgow City. These two sides (and also theRangers) have all eight wins from eight in the league so something must give today.

Celtic are without their playmaker Jacynta with the Australian forward serving a two match ban after telling the referee last weekend exactly what she thought about him. How the truth hurts!

If you are in Glasgow there’s still time to get to the game that kicks off at 4.10pm. Alternatively sit back and cheer the Hoops on at home on television. It’s live on BBC Alba. COYGIG.

About Author

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

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