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A legend was born mate- Ange Postecoglou reflects on big turning point

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Ange Postecoglou has been reflecting on five key matches during his 101 games in charge of Celtic.

Big cup wins and derby match successes are the obvious ones to go for but Celtic TV went a little off the favoured route to highlight the matches that played their part in the current level of success that the club is enjoying.

For the weekend visit of Hibs Postecoglou will have four wingers and two strikers to choose from but away to Ross County in December 2021 his options were extremely limited.

Injuries to Kyogo Furuhashi, Giorgos Giakoumakis and Albian Ajeti saw Liel Abada play through the centre with Josip Juranovic and Adam Montgomery on either wing.

Owen Moffat made his debut coming off the bench and had a role to play in the winning goal scored by Tony Ralston in the seventh minute of stoppage time as the 10 men, Carl Starfelt had been sent off, secured the win to keep them four points behind Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s league leaders.

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Our performances were strong but we had some horrendous injuries. We won the League Cup but then we lost Kyogo, we lost a whole host of players and there were some Covid issues around the time. We were barely patching a team together.

That form, in terms of the league, in my mind. I kind of knew that getting into January, we already had earmarked at least two or three players to come in. We’re going to finish strong but we have to stay in touch.

To do that we had to put in a couple of performances, that was one of them. We were down to 10 men in that game, Carl got sent off. I think that’s where one of the trademarks of that team started.

Obviously it is about the football, the relentlessness but also the resilience and character- that was where I think it was born. Against all odds, depleted, down to 10 men, 1-1 you’d say for the most part I’d take that result and move on but Tony got up at the far post and a legend was born mate.

After the weekend win over Hibs to claim the League Cup Celtic drew 0-0 away to St Mirren the following midweek to fall six points behind but from then on there was no stopping the hoops as they closed the gap, went into the lead and claimed the title with a four point winning margin.

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