Matt McKay in Celtic confession as 'gutted' Rangers man admits he knew Ange Postecoglou turnaround was coming
McKay admits he didn't expect the Australian to impress so quickly at Parkhead after his arrival last summer. But even from the other side of the world, he can’t help being green with envy at what Ange Postecoglou is doing at Celtic.
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Celtic have the chance to make it to the final of the Scottish Cup this afternoon if they’re able to beat their Old Firm rivals Rangers in the semis.
The Hoops had a rather successful previous match last weekend, putting seven past St. Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership.
Before that, Ange Postecoglou’s side faced off against Rangers, beating them at Ibrox and extending their lead at the top of the league table.
The two Glasgow clubs now meet again away from league duty to see which one will be in with a shout of securing the Scottish Cup.
Celtic team to face Rangers: Huge Kyogo Furuhashi and Tom Rogic calls - but XI looks strong
Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has named his Celtic team to play Rangers in this afternoon’s Old Firm derby – with a huge call made on Kyogo Furuhashi. © Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has made a big call on Kyogo Furuhashi. Despite Postecoglou saying earlier in the week that the Japanese forward is fit, he has been left out of the matchday squad.The Celtic front line will be led by Giorgios Giakoumakis, supported by Jota and Daizen Maeda.
On the chalkboard
One player that didn’t start in the 7-0 win against St. Johnstone but did end up playing a big part in the game was Liel Abada, who should be included in Postecoglou’s the starting XI this time around.
After replacing Giorgos Giakoumakis with 27 minutes on the clock, Abada saw the game out to the end after the Greek striker picked up an injury.
With 35 touches of the ball in total against the Saints, the 20-year-old ended up completing 22 of the 25 passes he attempted as well as having four shots at goal in total.
The winger even managed to get his name on the scoresheet by grabbing Celtic’s final goal of the match, giving the Hoops’ goal difference what could prove to be an all-important boost.
Labelled as a “little superstar” by Nir Bitton and a “wonderful” player by Frank McAvennie, the Israel winger has been a deadly attacking force for the Bhoys all season.
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Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has ‘really turned around the ship’ at Parkhead after arriving in difficult circumstances, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke. The 56-year-old tactician has the Hoops on course to win a domestic treble at this moment in time, and that would be a magnificent achievement, especially given their slow start to the season. […]The 56-year-old tactician has the Hoops on course to win a domestic treble at this moment in time, and that would be a magnificent achievement, especially given their slow start to the season.
Having scored 10 league goals in 32 league appearances, Abada is currently Celtic’s top scorer, proving that it didn’t take him long to settle into Scottish football after joining the Parkhead side last summer.
In addition to this, the £15k-per-week attacker has the fourth-highest number of shots at goal out of any player in the entire SPFL, including fellow Hoops attacker Kyogo Furuhashi, who has eight league goals to his name.
This shows how much of a threat he is going forward and what sort of problems he could cause Rangers.
With that in mind, it should very much be in Postecoglou’s thinking when putting his starting XI together to include Abada and unleash him against the Gers.
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Moravcik reckons 'special' Kyogo is back just in time for Celtic with a huge derby incoming. And the Parkhead hero has tipped the "special" Japanese sensation to kick-start his comeback with a start against Rangers at Hampden.