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‘Terrible’ Celtic’s agony must end to save their title bid, admits boss Ange Postecoglou


‘Terrible’ Celtic’s agony must end to save their title bid, boss Ange Postecoglou admits after latest defeat left them sixth and no wins on the road since February

  • Celtic dropped to a 1-0 defeat at Livingston on Sunday, another defeat
  • Manager Ange Postecoglou admitted ‘in the front half we were terrible’
  • But their troubles away from home go back to last winter
  • With their latest defeat on the road, Celtic have already left the pace far behind

Ange Postecoglou has urged Celtic to find a cure for their chronic motion sickness after their latest setback on the road in Livingston.

Andrew Shinnie’s 25-minute attack secured David Martindale’s first league win of the season, as Parkhead’s side slid to their third Premiership defeat in six games.

Postecoglou called his side’s performance ‘horrible’, having now won just once in seven away games and admits that must change if sixth-seeded Celtic are to have any hope of a title challenge.

Celtic fell to another defeat on Sunday, this time a narrow defeat at Livingston

Even without a league win at the Tony Macaroni Arena since March 2006, Celtic have failed on their five visits since Livi’s return to the Premiership. Their last away win in the competition of any description came on February 14 at St Johnstone, when Neil Lennon was still in charge.

“In the other away games we were good in the games and we played well,” said Postecoglou (pictured).

‘But you know what? On the other hand, if we don’t get results from home, we can’t be successful, so that has to change. Regardless of what I think about performances, we still need to get the results, and that’s the reality of it.

‘As long as we don’t tackle that in the right way, we will have this problem.

“Today is disappointing because you come here knowing it’s not going to be an easy game and you have to go beyond just trying to play football.

“We missed that spark early in the game. I just felt like we were trapped into thinking maybe this kind of game with the challenges it has, would help our football find a solution.

“That would never happen – we had to earn the right.”

Celtic's traveling support has had little to cheer for in the past seven months

Celtic’s traveling support has had little to cheer for in the past seven months

Livingston's Andrew Shinnie (center) celebrates his side's winner scoring on Sunday

Livingston’s Andrew Shinnie (center) celebrates his side’s winner scoring on Sunday

Beaten 4-3 by Real Betis in the Europa League in Seville last Thursday night, Postecoglou insists the midweek’s efforts were irrelevant to yesterday’s dismal performance.

“I think if you’re looking for those kinds of excuses, you’re falling into a trap,” he said.

“The problem was that we didn’t start the game well and that’s my responsibility, maybe in the way I prepared the team and maybe the way we prepared for this game wasn’t right.

“Our front third game was bad, it was the worst it’s been all year.

“Of course we had some problems defensively, but I just thought today we were terrible in the front half.

“That was everyone, not just the strikers or the attacking players, we lacked a real conviction to be positive. It’s up to me to do it right.’

Ange Postecoglou admitted his side could forget to win the title unless the out form improves

Ange Postecoglou admitted his side could forget to win the title unless the out form improves

Celtic again missed captain Callum McGregor and new Greek striker Georgios Giakoumakis, as well as talisman Kyogo Furuhashi, but the top two could be back on Thursday for the Premier Sports Cup quarter-final against Raith Rovers.

Postecoglou explained the shocking decision to sign Boli Bolingoli for his first appearance in 13 months since he broke Covid rules and skipped the country, saying: “Boli has trained well and we thought it was a good game to give him a start with Greg (Taylor) down and Monty (Adam Montgomery) last played 90 minutes. Asking him to get started was a big deal, and Liam Scales isn’t quite done yet.

“We gave him a chance today, he trained well.

“We now have the cup match on Thursday, which is important for us, so we will focus on that and make sure we prepare well.”



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