Ange Postecoglou has turned his attention to the Northern Lights as the Celtic manager gets set to face Aberdeen at Pittodrie in early-kick tomorrow. The disappointment of losing 4-0 to Bayer Leverkusen is still there and will be used as a factor on Sunday as the Australian urges his players to take their own frustrations out on Aberdeen by turning on the style and winning the three points that can kick-start Celtic’s title challenge.
Richard Gordon on BBC Sportsound on Thursday night reckoned that a defeat at Pittodrie would signal the end of that challenge as the programme’s anchorman – openly a Dons supporter – doesn’t think that theRangers would drop enough points after that to allow Celtic back in the hunt for the title. And of course a defeat tomorrow would see Celtic drop into the BOTTOM SIX in the Scottish Premiership.
“Aberdeen didn’t have a game midweek so they may see some advantage in that,” Ange told Celtic View Editor Paul Cuddihy, “but again, all these things become irrelevant. We’ve just to be a stronger team than what we are at the moment in terms of turning our performances into results.
“It’s a tough game but it’s not about lifting the players – you’ve got to take this disappointment and let it fuel you, because it’s not just about being a good football team. There’s got to be something more there,” Ange stated.
“We disappointed our fans on Thursday night, so we’ve got to take that anger and disappointment and use it in a positive way and that is, in a tough game away from home, we have to show that we’ve learned the repercussions and the consequences of a night like that and we don’t want to repeat it.
“You don’t want to ignore your opponent because you’ve got to respect what they bring, and they’ve probably had a disappointing start to the season for them, so I guess they’ll be just as motivated.”
Celtic have lost all three of our away fixtures this season, losing 2-1 at Tyncecastle and 1-0 at both Ibrox and The Tony Macaroni Stadium in Livingston and after Pittodrie there’s a tough trip to Fir Park to look forward to. The folk who draw up the fixture list certainly did the Australian no favours did they?
Positives from Thursday were the return of the captain Callum McGregor and talisman Kyogo, both emerged unscathed as far as their recovery from injury is concerned and will play tomorrow. Clearly the Celtic manager reckons having his skipper back is going to be significant.
“Getting Cal back will help because he’s one that won’t accept what’s going on at the moment,” Ange said, “but if you look at that starting line-up, there are a lot of guys who are just beginning their Celtic careers and I think, having someone like Cal out there, making them understand what’s expected at this football club in terms of consistent performances and consistent results will help us on Sunday.”
Here’s Ange previewing the game against Aberdeen…
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Celtic had plenty of chances to win against Dundee United last weekend and had the same number of opportunities as Leverkusen, who are a much better than anything Celtic will face in the Scottish Premiership. The return of Kyogo is significant too and these chances Celtic are creating are going to start going in, someone is in for a doing. Could be Aberdeen tomorrow. Looking forward to it…
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