Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic press conference in full as boss reveals player response after Raith rocket


Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has been pleased with the reaction he received from the half-time rocket his players received against Raith Rovers.

And ahead of a massive Europa Conference League clash against Bodo/Glimt, he reckons the issues he spotted in the first half of the weekend’s Scottish Cup clash should have been rectified before his side returned to the dressing room.

The Aussie’s management style has been characterized by a relentless intensity and a desire to lift players out of their comfort zones and so he wasn’t pleased when his team went in at the break just 1-0 up against Championship opposition, though his players would eventually add another three in the second 45.

He was even picked up on TV microphones having a go during a particularly passive phase of play and Postecoglou said: “I think I got a reaction in the second half as well (as in training). It wasn’t just a reaction from me .

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“The players themselves were a bit frustrated and disappointed, that’s not the way we want to play our football.

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“We did our review and gave feedback to the players, we showed them the areas we didn’t maintain our standards in and they clearly understand that.

“The thing I got frustrated about in the first half was the players already know those things and could have addressed them themselves.

“I want them to take ownership of that. They shouldn’t wait for me to come in at half-time to address stuff that’s pretty evident, they can address those things out there themselves.

“I want them to be a team that takes ownership of our performances while they’re out there.”

He’s not one to make excuses or conjure up scapegoats when things don’t go Celtic’s way and Postecoglou refused to use the slightly quieter Parkhead atmosphere at the weekend as a crutch.

Ange Postecoglou during the Scottish Cup fifth round match

It will be back to its raucous best on Thursday night but Postecoglou added: “It’s one of those things I want to try and eliminate like refereeing decisions, or our schedule, or injuries.

“All those things you can use as a clutch for not doing certain things.

“The things I was talking about on Sunday in the first half should be given, irrespective if we’re playing in a local park just amongst ourselves.

“Bringing that right intent, the work ethic, that bravery and courage I want in our football, we shouldn’t have to rely on our crowd to create an atmosphere that brings that.

“In a derby game maybe it’s easy to do all those things because the crowd is behind you and everyone is up for it. That’s not what the best players do or the best teams do. They bring it every time.

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“I won’t make allowances and I didn’t make allowances for our performance in the first half just because the atmosphere wasn’t at levels we’d experienced before. That, to me, is no excuse.”

You can watch Postecoglou’s full press conference via the player above.




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

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