“McCarthy’s pass to Bernabei won the game”…”I thought we’d thrown it away but what a buzz for the winner”

Ange Postecoglou was pleased to discover that the never-say-die attitude within his squad that was so apparent last season with some incredible late winners against the likes of Ross County in Dingwall – scored by Anthony Ralston and Dundee United at Celtic Park – scored by Liel Abada is alive and well within the squad this season as the Celtic manager reminds himself of the message he has installed into his players and each and every Celtic supporter – WE NEVER STOP!

Here’s Ange’s post-match comments on Celtic TV after that dramatic game at Perth yesterday lunchtime. Some supporter feedback is included as it’s always good to show what the support is thinking after the match and there’s another chance to enjoy both David Potter post match thoughts and Sandman’s Definitive Ratings. Let’s start there, shall we?

And here’s how Sandman saw it all unfold at McDiarmid Park…

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Ange Postecolgou seldom gets emotional when doing his interviews. The one exception was maybe after the Real Madrid game when his disappointment was apparent and there was no attempt at concealing it. That could be a major factor on Tuesday night in a game that opens up a real chance of qualification for the knock-out rounds if Celtic can get the better of RB Leipzig under the lights at Paraidse.

“It’s a game we really should have put to bed a bit earlier with the chances,” Ange told Celtic TV after yesterday’s win in Perth. “At 1-0 they were always in the game, they threw a lot of balls into the box for a lot of big bodies and it doesn’t take much for them to get one over the line.

“It’s the fact that it happened so late on the game, it was going to be a real challenge of us, but we did it a few times last year and we’re going to have to do it this year if the game’s not going to run the way we want.

“We’re going to have to show that character and resilience to get over the line when we need to and credit to the boys, they did that. We’ve tried to instil that from day one, irrespective of the scoreline you go right to the end.

“We always score or we’re always a threat late in games irrespective of the score, so when you do need a late goal, we don’t have to change our approach, we just stick to what we do and I think that helps us.

“If we were a different type of team and all of a sudden we had to switch on to try to get a goal in some way, then it makes things more challenging.”

As promised here’s how David Potter viewed yesterday’s win. Incidentally David makes a point about the coach park at the Emirates which he wrote about on The Celtic Star after the Real Madrid game. Not sure if he was at the Motherwell game last week but the stewards were in the Emirates bus park after the game trying to install some order among the impatient bus drivers while there were three of four traffic cops with their motorbikes parked up directing the traffic and moving the buses out much faster than at the previous game.

Hopefully they are there on Tuesday night because another hour or so sitting on a stationary bus is no fun at all, especially for the supporters with long distances to travel.

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Some supporter feedback on the win against St Johnstone…

“You can really tell Giakoumakis loves playing for Celtic, the way he celebrates and runs to the fans after scoring. Love his dedication to the team, absolute Legend.”…”Just missed too many then got cluster at the back but what a response to St Johnstone’s goal…massive 3 points.”

“This result could be vital come the end of the season well done Bhoys the definition of we never stop.”…”Can’t deny the spirit he has installed in the team, plenty of late winners last year and now this year. Don’t know when there beaten.”

“We never stop. We should have been out of sight and would have been had the far side linesman not been enjoying himself flagging for offsides that weren’t – at least two.”…”Thank you Ange. Hopefully GG will get a bit more game time. He’s a real poacher and is so important for us, but he needs that bit of sharpness.”

“We got what we wanted from our Perth visit, three points. Good luck on Tuesday. I’ll be in my usual pew cheering on the team.”…”Certainly dipped in form recently however all the best teams do, brilliant to see Cameron Carter-Vickers back, we March on COYBIG Ange your still the man!”

“Some really positive performance’s today from the fringe players, Bernabei, Hakšabanović especially, I thought we’d thrown it away but what a buzz for the winner.”…”We showed a bit more maturity this match. Still lacking on killer instinct and finishing. Bernabei stepped up. Good stuff.”

“Big, big brilliant win bhoys well done, special mention for Hakšabanović, Bernabei, Mcarthy and Forrest, superb.”…”Games like this,late winners, the Celtic way…we never stop.”…”James McCarthy done well for the goal. He has always shown great fight an ability playing for Everton an Ireland He deserves more playing time.”

“Thought Haksa looked amazing for large parts of today’s game, so positive his attitude is 1st class.. As for Maeda, I really have no words anymore.”

“I think McCarthy deserves a chance, he looked good when he came on but don’t know what’s happened to Ange ball. We were scoring for fun but struggling to put them away just now.”…”McCarthy’s pass to Bernabei won the game! Go on Jamesy! Today proved WE NEVER STOP.”

“Clever bit of play from McCarthy for the goal. Boy deserves a chance at starting.”…”It’s time we where more ruthless in front of goal, it’s great to get late winner but we need to be putting these chances away.”

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

1 Comment

  1. Agree,thought James McCarthys sheer will to keep the ball alive and send Berna in,sums this team up.Dont know when were beaten,even when not playing well.