Ange Postecoglou has Celtic purring ahead of next Sunday’s Old Firm derby, running out 6-0 winners against 10-man St Mirren at Celtic Park.
- Ange Postecoglou said Celtic were ‘relentless’ against St Mirren
- Celtic recorded back-to-back 6-0 victories in the Scottish Premiership
- Celtic play Rangers in the first Old Firm derby of the season at Ibrox next Sunday
And Postecoglou says this is just the start.
Celtic made it back-to-back 6-0 victories in the league thanks to goals from David Turnbull (3), Liel Abada (2) and Odsonne Edouard.
The victory sees Celtic go to the top of the Scottish Premier League table on goal difference for the first time in a year.
“We set off at a good tempo and put them under pressure,” Postecoglou told the BBC.
St Mirren had Alan Power sent off after just 19 minutes, which Postecoglou acknowledged made it easier for the Parkhead side to control the game.
“This was a good test of that.”
Speaking to Sky Sports, Postecoglou said there was still room for improvement.
“You may say that I’m a little bit arrogant to say that we are going to improve after we won 6-0 but we are still at the beginning of what we are trying to build.
“There is definitely going to be challenges along the way, what happens after days like today and the run we are on, is that players get encouragement and they want more.”
The victory, Celtic’s sixth in all competitions, sets the Glasgow side up perfectly for a huge week.
On Thursday, Celtic travels to the Netherlands to take on AZ Alkmaar in the second leg of their Europa League tie, followed by the first Old Firm derby of the season at Ibrox next Sunday (9:00pm AEST).
And although Celtic would be expected to beat St Mirren — still without a league win this season and without manager Jim Goodwin, due to a positive COVID test — the result had pundits singing Postecoglou’s praises.
Former Scotland midfielder Michael Stewart, now a pundit on BBC Sportsound, said Celtic was enjoyable to watch.
“I don’t think anybody could have envisaged Celtic turning the corner so quickly,” he said.
Hat-trick scorer Turnbull also heaped praise on his manager for the way Celtic was playing.
“You saw today we were relentless until the 90th minute and everything’s going well at the moment,” he said.
“It’s just about building confidence and the manager’s breeding that through the team and the new signings have settled in well.”