It was another good weekend for Celtic fans and manager Ange Postecoglou, and following on from the 90 minutes against Aberdeen at Parkhead, the squad now go into the weekend’s Viaplay Cup Final in great spirits and great form.
Celtic wanted a bright start at the weekend to fully capitalise on Aberdeen’s managerless status, and that is exactly what Postecoglou’s charges got. A blistering opening saw quick goals from Callum McGregor and Reo Hatate and we had established a commanding two goal lead inside of the opening 13 minutes.
And back to the football, as it was a game and performance where we utterly threatened to completely blow them away, but despite our possession dominance and attempts on target being in the double figures, our opponents started digging in, and despite our best attempts, we went into the half time break at 2-0.
Despite a similar second half, where the visitors did more improve (despite continuing to fail to register a shot on target of their own), fans had to be patient when it came to us finally increasing our lead, but with 14 minutes left on the clock, Hatate completed his brace and in the 89th minute Liel Abada made it 4-0.
For the stattos amongst the fanbase, our victory means the Pittodrie outfit have now lost seven straight league games for the first time in 24 years, but obviously Celtic now have bigger fish to fry as it also represents our 15th straight league win in a row.
Reacting to the match in his after game press interviews, a pleased Postecoglou picked out Hatate for his own performance on the day, knowing that the Japanese midfielder was proving himself to be as important to the club as we had hoped when he arrived.
“Reo was great and he has been all year. He is constantly looking to improve and is not going to rest until he is the footballer he wants to be in his own mind.”
Turning his attentions more to the performance over the 90 minutes of the game, Postecoglou felt he was still seeing signs of further improvement from the group and he knew that this more than bodes well for the future.
“In the first half I thought we were outstanding. The speed, intensity and quality of our football was excellent and we could have had a couple more goals. What I’m really pleased about is our performances have been really consistent and we’re getting stronger each week.”
All eyes turn to Hampden Park and the Scottish League Cup Final clash next Sunday and we will not only see if Postecoglou’s magic will see him lift another piece of silverware, but also whether he can retain the trophy at the first time of asking.
Then, of course, we turn attentions back to the Premiership and we simply see whether or not we maintain our nine point advantage over the nearest challenger for the title, or whether we extend that buffer zone into a far more embarrassing dominance.
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