Reflecting on Celtic’s league cup triumph
The first trophy of the Ange Postecoglou era was delivered on Sunday afternoon for Celtic. A top class Kyogo Furuhashi double sealed an invaluable victory for the Hoops in the final against Hibs. I gave you my player ratings from the match at the weekend and today, I’ll be reflecting on what was a huge day for Celtic Football Club and Ange Postecoglou.
When Ange Postecoglou was appointed manager of Celtic, there were several doubts over the Australian’s credentials. His play was described as ‘Kamikaze’ like, his experience questioned, his character disputed however the fifty six year old has plainly silenced his critics.
The achievement of winning a major trophy within the first six months of a new manager‘s reign cannot be underestimated. In addition, six of the eleven players who started for Celtic in the final signed for the club in the summer. This shows the scale of the rebuild Celtic had at their hands in the summer and how successful the bedding in of the new recruits has been.
It is an unquestionable fact that the winning of a cup at this stage of the season will provide Celtic with a substantial confidence boost going into the rest of the season and in particular the four crucial league games prior to the winter break. Momentum is a palatial part of football and that is exactly what is building within the Celtic squad at the minute.
As well as momentum, the camaraderie and spirit within the Celtic team at the minute is considerable. This has been proved with the grit shown to get the last minute winner away to Ross County last Wednesday and the nature of the elated celebrations on Sunday.
Kyogo Furuhashi’s return undoubtedly provided Celtic with some encouragement going into kick off on Sunday. The importance of his presence up front cannot be underestimated. The Japanese has incredibly averaged a goal or assist every one hundred and two minutes in his time at Celtic so far and the energy and vitality he brings will be key for Celtic going forward.
After tasting success in the Premier Sports Cup, Celtic are still competing in three more competitions. Out of the league, Scottish Cup and Europa Conference League, the former is clearly the most important with the money at stake however it would be great to have runs in the two latter. In the cup, Celtic have Alloa to play in the fourth round and in the Europa Conference League, the Hoops will take on Norwegian side Bodo/Glimt in the knockout play off round. Winning the Premier Sports Cup will bestow great belief among the Celtic team that they can go on to achieve even more prosperity in the future.
I think we can all agree in the six months Ange Postecoglou has been in charge of Celtic, he’s completely transformed the club. Play style, players and mentality is completely contrasting of that of the 20/21 season. Here’s hoping the Aussie can go on to deliver further silverware and success in Glasgow.