Australian coach Ange Postecoglou has recorded his first Scottish Premiership win as Celtic manager, with the Glasgow side thrashing Dundee 6-0.
- Ange Postecoglou said Celtic’s strong start “set the tone” for the rest of the match
- He said new recruit Kyogo Furuhashi’s energy encouraged the team to keep their foot on the pedal
- Australian Tom Rogic also scored for Celtic
Postecoglou’s Parkhead tenure had got off to a rocky start, with Celtic crashing out of the Champions League qualifiers and being beaten by Hearts in the opening round of the Premiership.
But the Hoops got back on track overnight as a hat-trick to Japanese forward Kyogo Furuhashi led the rout of Dundee.
The 26-year-old, who has been at the club for under a month, scored the opening two goals in the first half and sealed his third midway through the second.
Postecoglou said he knew bringing in the Japanese international would “add something special to the squad”.
“He got three goals and probably could have got a couple more but his defensive work was also outstanding,” the former Socceroos and Brisbane Roar manager told Celtic TV after the match.
“That got the crowd going and that is what he brings; that energy. The other boys filtered off that, and I think in general with our energy for the 90 minutes we didn’t take our foot off the pedal. It was pleasing.”
Socceroos star Tom Rogic, right-back Anthony Ralston and substitute Odsonne Edouard also scored in front of their home crowd.
Edouard’s goal came from the penalty spot after a foul which saw Dundee reduced to 10 men in the 90th minute.
“We played some good football and worked awfully hard. We started the game really well and sort of set the tone,” Postecoglou said.
“It was a good performance by the players and they got their rewards for their hard work.”
Midfielder Ryan Christie was also praised for his impressive performance, with assists for three of the goals.
“Ryan was great, his energy is infectious,” Postecoglou said.
“It goes through the whole team. He loves getting on the ball, but it’s hard to single people out because the whole team worked really hard and there wasn’t one player who wasn’t trying to do the things we are trying to implement.”