Ange Postecoglou has delivered a cold and detached assessment of Celtic’s goals for the rest of the season.
Rather than gunning for a treble the hoops boss takes a six point lead into the last five matches of the season with Celtic very strong favourites to regain the SPFL title.
It is a prospect that couldn’t have been imagined back in September when Celtic picked up just 10 points from their first seven matches.
Postecoglou has maintained the same measured approach throughout the season, insisting on the bigger picture at all times with short cuts never an option.
Now the biggest prize in the Scottish game is within sight with the Celtic boss telling the Daily Record that it is onwards and upwards despite the setback at Hampden:
The road to success is not downhill, mate. It requires effort every single step of the way. Sometimes you’ll stumble. We’ve stumbled a few times this year as a group and we’ve managed to bounce back quickly.
That’s what we’ve got to do again but just because it’s happened in the past doesn’t mean it’s going to happen in the future. What you do know is we’re capable of it, we’ve used it the right way in the past, and we use this disappointment in the right way for next week.
We’ve got five games to become champions so we have to perform well in every one, win those games and hopefully if that happens the players will get the rewards I think they deserve for their performances this season. Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall
With another Glasgow derby coming up on May 1 the Celtic boss gets a quick opportunity to make amends for his side’s defeat in the Scottish Cup.