It’s not hard to stop Celtic, it’s impossible says former Premiership boss

Former Scotland international, Graham Alexander has stated categorically that Celtic are extremely difficult to stop under their current manager. Alexander had the task of facing off against Ange Postecoglou and his Celtic side whilst he was Motherwell boss and has revealed its almost impossible to shackle this opponent.

After a weekend of football that saw the Hoops maintain their nine-point lead at the top of the league looking down on theRangers, Alexander was speaking to Sky Sports Scotland about the quality that Angeball has and how this particular footballing machine is remorseless in its punishing of their respective opponent, week-in-week-out.

Celtic went a goal behind at the SIMSA Stadium in Paisley on Sunday afternoon against Stephen Robinson’s St Mirren side, yet despite the fact that they fell behind and were up against a team that was unwilling to renege on giving space to them in the final third, the Bhoys still managed to trounce the Saints 5-1 in the end up, making light work of a potentially tricky affair in the end up.

It’s form like this that has Alexander questioning if anybody in the Scottish Premiership, or entire SPFL for that matter, can stop them presently. Speaking of Ange Postecoglou and his team to Sky Sports Scotland, the former Well boss said: “It’s hard to look at their record, 25 wins out of 27 league games and to see if that’s going to halt up anytime soon. I can’t see it myself, I don’t think anyone who’s seen Celtic play over a consistent period since the manager has been there can say they are going to drop their form and lose points. It looks extremely difficult for anyone to catch them.

“It was the only team that we couldn’t get points against. We drew with theRangers three times and beat everybody else but Celtic where the ones we couldn’t find a way against. We pressed them really hard, we sat really deep, we played mid-block but they have the individuals to go beyond tactics. You can defend deep or press them but they’ve got those good one v one players that can can break lines and play in tight spaces and ultimately win games and score goals.”

We’re certainly on course and where we want to be at this stage of the campaign, however, nothing is ever a given in football as we’ve seen time and time again. History always teaches us that we must remain focussed and that we also must never underestimate the opposition – no matter who it is. Ange certainly has the players well drilled on that front it would appear and we look like taking nothing for granted until the final whistle this season.

Paul Gillespie


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I'm a Garngad Bhoy through and through. My first ever Celtic game was a friendly against Italian side Parma at Celtic Park, in 2002. Currently a student of English Literature and Education at the University of Strathclyde for my sins. Favourite game would be a toss up between beating Manchester United with that Naka freekick, or the game against the Oldco when Hesselink scored in the dying seconds. I'm still convinced Cal Mac is wasted playing that far back.

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