There have been big changes at Celtic Football Club since Ange Postecoglou signed this summer – some of it outside the park (which is quite an article in itself) but mostly on the pitch.
The squad has gone from flat and disinterested under Neil Lennon and John Kennedy to playing fast-paced, fast-paced football, leading to consecutive 6-0 wins in the league.
However, this style of football brought in by Postecoglou is not flawless and, as we saw at Sunday’s Old Firm, can be exploited.
In the next article, I’ll look at the tactics of Ange Postecoglou’s new Celtic side and the pros and cons associated with the Australian’s playstyle.
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The main praise Postecoglou has received has been his relentless, attacking 4-3-3 and rightly so.
Celtic look terrifying at times as they move forward due to the sheer number of players they’re pushing into the park.
Much of this is the midfield anchored with Callum McGregor and two in front of him playing almost as ‘free eights’.
As you can see in the image above, the midfielders who play for the Celtic captain really like to push themselves and be part of the attack, creating overload in the penalty area. McGregor is also not free from attacking duties and is often seen on the edge of the penalty area, waiting for the ball to land for a shot.
Another part of the attack and the piece that has made all the headlines is the new signing duo of Kyogo Furuhashi and Liel Abada. Furuhashi scored 7 goals in 8 matches and impressed with his movement and finishing ability, while the Israeli, Liel Abada, who is on the right side of the Celtic Front 3, has already shown at the age of 19 that he has a lot of potential.
Abada likes a shot, averaging the third highest in the league per match, as he completes 3.3 key passes (passes leading to a shot), showing that he can create and complete an effective level . Of course you can’t talk about the Celtic forward line without mentioning
However, Odsonne Edouard appears at the time of writing that the former PSG man is signing for Crystal Palace. It cannot be underestimated how much the striker has done for the squad, but unless something major happens in the coming days, Ange will have to prepare for a life without him.
A key talking point this season has been the emergence of right-back Tony Ralston. The 22-year-old has sometimes been rushed for appearances in recent years, but it looks like he is now ready to step up to the plate and become a starter for Postecoglou.
Ralston has made the second most tackles in the league with 3.5 while being the only defender to score two goals. To put it simply, given the build-up to this season, Ralston has been phenomenal so far and in the derby he certainly hasn’t shamed himself for being Celtic’s best player of the day.
As much as I have been very positive about this team so far, there is no doubt that there are flaws in the new system, especially in the defensive third place.
The combination of Starfelt and Welsh as a centre-back hasn’t looked too convincing so far, especially when he conceded two comedic goals against AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League qualifier.
Defending the permanent piece looked really bad at times too – Celtic losing the game to both Hearts and Rangers. However, I feel like the defense is often thrown under the bus as the midfield shows up so high that it’s a lot of time alone to deal with counter-attacks after converting into possession.
Another area to improve is playing from the back. This isn’t a major concern against most league teams, but in Europe I see them struggling, especially with Joe Hart showing that his distribution can let him down at times.
Exciting times are ahead for Celtic fans, but they can’t expect too much and too soon.
I think the result of the derby will bring the players back to the ground after the last few weeks and show that improvement is needed.
On a purely footballing basis, however, the attacking style of play is certainly something to look at and provides the necessary refreshment after last season.
Last updated on August 31, 2021 13:09