Ange Postecoglou and the Celtic ‘Fear’ rhetoric that helped eradicate Europa League terror

Angie Postecoglou says Celtic He had to eliminate fear in order to survive the siege and reach the group stage of the European League.

The Australian was very content to secure a place in tomorrow’s draw after a tense night in Alkmaar.

Celtic were leading 3-0 on aggregate and then qualified Kyogo Furuhashi He opened the scoring, but two fatal errors before the end of the first half of Joe Hart and Carl Starfelt Put progress in the balance.

Postecoglu He admitted that his team got lost and dreaded the spell before the last flexible hour could finish the job.

It wasn’t all good news with new champion Furuhashi hitting a blow, meaning he will need to be assessed before Sunday’s Premier League clash with Rangers alongside shoulder injury victim Greg Taylor.

But the ability to shake off the temporary terror encouraged Postecoglou, who said: “Our development as a team will depend on how we overcome the challenges we face.

Alkmaar, Netherlands – AUGUST 26: Celtic assistant manager John Kennedy (left) with manager Ange Postecoglou during the Europa League qualifiers between AZ Alkmaar and Celtic at Avas Stadium on August 26, 2021 in Alkmaar, Netherlands (Photo by Rico Brewer/SNS Group)


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The challenge was how to respond to individual mistakes.

“We didn’t respond well at the start. In the last 30 minutes of the first half we guessed ourselves, worried and worried about making another mistake.

“In the last half hour of the first half we were under siege without any real calm or planning to play through it.

“We just lost faith. We had to break through that barrier.

“I told the players that fear is the biggest obstacle to progress and we have to eliminate that from our game.

“Mistakes will happen. We just have to respond to them better and believe in our football.”

Postecoglou refused to knock Hart and Starvelt and continued, “They are human beings, they will make mistakes.

“We started the game well, scored, but the two goals put us back. The second half we digged into it when we had to.

“Obviously Joe was disappointed, but he made several great saves and Karl defended really well in the second half.

“Fouls are part of football, it is the reaction to them that is important.

“It was a different kind of performance. We had to dig in. It’s great that we showed that resilience.”

Postecoglou could add Josep Juranovic to his line of defense for Ibrox, and Shamrock Rovers defender Liam Scales is also wanted.

But the president said, “I’ve already said we’re not the end product. We can’t be at this point. You need to keep things in perspective.”

“It’s been an extraordinary four weeks when you think about what we’ve done in that period of time.”

About Taylor and Furuhashi for Ibrox, he said: “Greg has a shoulder problem but we don’t yet know how common it is. I thought Adam Montgomery was great.

“Kyogo has taken a few hits, so it will be about recovering now for the next 24 or 48 hours. Then we will assess how everyone is doing.”

Before that, the draw is exciting and he said: “This means that we will play in one of the elite competitions against high-quality opponents and ensure that there will be some special European nights this season.”


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