Postecoglou building 'belief' at Celtic

Ronnie EsplinPress Association
Ange Postecoglou reckons the bonds and belief in his Celtic team just keep getting stronger.
Camera IconAnge Postecoglou reckons the bonds and belief in his Celtic team just keep getting stronger. Credit: AP

Ange Postecoglou believes Celtic's hard-fought win against Hearts at Tynecastle has helped further build the bond and belief he is nurturing in his team at Parkhead.

In what is traditionally one of the toughest grounds in Scottish football to visit, the Hoops emerged with a 2-1 win on Wednesday to keep them four points behind champions Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Ahead of the home game against Dundee United on Saturday, the former Australia boss, who took over at Celtic in the summer, marked the victory down as further sign of progress.

"It helps with the bond, but it also helps with belief as well," said Postecoglou, who says he won't be looking to add to his squad before the transfer window closes.

"You understand the challenges going into the game. That's what I consistently praise the guys on, in that they have just been a resilient group of people.

"Players and staff have had some enormous challenges since the first game.

"Even when things weren't going well in terms of the results early on, we weren't making excuses, weren't asking for time, weren't saying it was going to take a bit for people to settle. We just rolled our sleeves up and got on with it.

"The result from that is we go to Tynecastle, a difficult place against a team that is going well, and get a victory when we had some challenges on the day, giving a guy a debut and (with us) playing one or two days before.

"It further fuels that belief they have in what we are doing and that in turn creates that bond."

Despite the Old Firm game against Rangers at Parkhead next Wednesday night beginning to loom large, Postecoglou is focused only on Dundee United, who drew 1-1 with the Hoops at Parkhead last September.

He said: "There is no point thinking about what you are going to do in two or three games if you don't accomplish what you want from what is in front of you."

Midfielder Matt O'Riley became Celtic's fifth signing in January after Daizen Maeda, Yosuke Ideguchi, Reo Hatate and Johnny Kenny.

Postecoglou was asked about any further recruitment plans and said: "No, I wouldn't be expecting anyone else."

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