Ange Postecoglou insists Celtic have ‘no advantage’ in title race as he plays down top spot impact

Ange Postecoglou was full of joy watching his relentless Celtic maul Motherwell to stay top of the Premiership.

The Parkhead boss was purring after his troops ripped the hosts apart.

Tom Rogic scored twice and Liel Abada and Daizen Maeda were also on target as Celtic stayed at the summit with a 4-0 Fir Park romp.

Postecoglou felt the sizzling performance was coming after seeing his troops blitz through Saturday’s training session and loved the style of the success which came hard on the heels of their Old Firm win over Rangers.

He said: “It’s not just (that) I say we focus on the next one and they can put it (the previous game) to bed.


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“But I watched training on Saturday and, even the guys who didn’t play, the training was relentless and really competitive.

“So I kind of knew we would be fine. Look I do enjoy it because that’s how I want my teams to play.

“I’d be frustrated if we were winning and not playing the football I want.

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“My role is to manage on the day and help the team where I can. But I do get a joy because I know it will give our support that joy.

“I think just instinctively players enjoy playing that way as well.

“You see at 4-0 that they’re trying to get a fifth, a sixth, they’re not stopping even when they haven’t got the ball. They’re still chasing things down. I think everyone enjoyed it. It’s not easy to get to that place, it requires a lot of hard work.

“But when you get to that place it kind of feeds into itself because people want more of it.

“I was pleased, especially after Wednesday night. The players invested a lot emotionally and physically and credit to the players, I thought it was first rate.”

Celtic looked full of confidence in Lanarkshire, but Postecoglou says it’s nothing to do with league position.

He added: “Belief is an important thing, but more than that I just think there is a real common unity of purpose with them.

“They understand why they’re doing what they’re doing, what our goals and aims are, and how together they can achieve these things on a game-by-game basis.

“When you’ve got a unity of purpose like that and collectively they are all buying into it, then belief grows, because you’re not relying on individuals to drive the whole thing.

Daizen Maeda celebrates

“The table is there for everyone to see, but it shouldn’t make a difference to our performances.

“It’s not like you get any advantages for being on top or you should be more motivated if you’re second.

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“What’s important for us is that we keep improving our football, and as far as I’m concerned, that’s what we’re doing.

“I’ve seen us improving our football, overcoming challenges, and we’ve just got to keep doing that until the end of the year. The table will take care of itself.”

Postecoglou was delighted with all aspects. He paid tribute to his solid backline for another clean sheet and also the lethal attackers who hit the goals.

He said: “Liel is going well. He looked really sharp. He’s in good shape. He’s improving and he wants to improve and he’s an important part of the team.

“Tom’s been great all year. We’ve obviously missed him the last couple of games with him being on international duty, so it was important for him and Tony Ralston as well.

“Even Daizen because they didn’t play in the past few games and they gave us that energy.

“With Tom, it’s not just his quality, he’s working so hard for us in a defensive sense and pressing the opposition, instigating our defensive work.

“The quality he’s got shines through after that.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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