Video: Ange Postecoglou on last season’s semi-final defeat

Ange Postecoglou spoke with the media this afternoon to discuss the upcoming Scottish Cup Semi-final at Hampden Park against theRangers. The Hoops are on course to win another Scottish Premiership this year, and having already retained the League Cup too, have the opportunity to go on and win a Treble by beating the latest Ibrox club this weekend.

The boss revealed that the age of taste of defeat and the bitter disappointment of last year still resonates and that the whole playing staff have used that particular experience as a learning curve for the future. Celtic lost out that day last April, despite going 1-0 thanks to a goal from Greg Taylor. However, it wouldn’t be enough as we ended up losing that match 2-1 after extra-time, with the going away present from Bobby Madden a significant factor in the outcome.

It was disappointing as it could have provided Ange Postecoglou with a domestic Treble in his inaugural campaign in Glasgow’s East End – a feat that Martin O’Neill achieve when he moved up the road to Celtic from Leicester City all those years ago in the June of 2000. It would have really been the cherry on top if that had come to pass, but we took our eye off of the ball even though we were in cruise control at one point ad Cameron Carter-Vickers had a great chance to make it 2-0 but his reactive effort sailed over the crossbar.

It was a steep and harsh fall a lot of the players received that day, but Postecoglou has insisted that it is good for the long-term benefit of the team and the squad more generally. For now they know and understand nothing is ever a given or in the bag, and just like last week against Motherwell, if we don’t maintain the standards, then we will falter as no team is infallible in this game.

Watch him reflect on last year ahead of the repeat this coming Sunday…

Paul Gillespie

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