Ange Postecoglou: Celtic manager looks back on ‘positive’ year with nine-point lead at Christmas | Soccer News

Ange Postecoglou believes Celtic are in a “much better space” than last Christmas after a “positive” year for the club.

Celtic lead the Scottish Premiership by nine points over Rangers after a near perfect start to 16 wins from 17 matches.

In Postecoglou’s first season in charge, Celtic reclaimed the title after winning the League Cup – and the improvement over the past 12 months has been clear.

“You measure it where you were last Christmas and it’s been a really positive year for the club,” Postecoglou said. sky sports.

“We managed to win the league and we also started the season relatively positively. In terms of progress, compared to last year, we are in a much better space.

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“Most importantly, we gave our fans memorable moments. Every year you hope they remember the past year as one that will long be remembered for the right reasons and I’m sure the last year will.”

Postcoglou identifies the 3-0 win over Rangers on February 3 as a pivotal moment that changed the momentum behind their title challenge.

“It was an important game because that night was the first time we reached the top,” he recalls.

“There was a lot of hype around the game, it was a game much anticipated by our supporters with a full house again.

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“With everything at stake that night, it was important in the context of the belief among the playing group and the supporters that what we hoped would happen would potentially become a reality.

“You want to give your supporters things they remember and on this particular night our supporters will remember beyond the span of a season.”

Postecoglou, however, continue to demand more after enduring ‘difficult nights’ in the Champions League as they finished bottom of the group without a win.

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Ange Postecoglou felt his Celtic side dominated in their 1-0 win over Aberdeen and was impressed with their discipline.

“The league victory was important. Our first game in the Champions League was important to show our ambitions,” he added. “There are always little things along the way that take on greater importance once you see the end of everything we do.

“There were tough times for sure. We had tough nights in the Champions League, but those aren’t weak points. From my point of view, it’s a privilege to lead this football club that even in the most difficult times, you always find that motivation to keep doing the work you do.”

Scottish Premiership matches live on Sky Sports

Wednesday, December 28: Hibernian vs Celtic, kick off 8pm

Monday January 2: Rangers v Celtic, kick off 12.30pm

Sunday January 8: Motherwell vs Hibernian, kick off 1.30pm

Sunday January 8: Dundee United v Rangers, kick off 4pm

Wednesday January 18: Kilmarnock v Rangers, kick off 8pm

Sunday January 29: Livingston v Hearts, kick off 1:30 p.m.

Sunday January 29: Dundee United v Celtic, kick off 4pm

Sunday February 5: St Johnstone v Celtic, 12pm kick off

Sunday February 19: Motherwell v Hearts, 12pm kick off

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