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Physical? Alex McLeish gives his bizarre verdict on Ange Postecoglou’s side

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According to Alex McLeish, Micky Beale has to find a way past a physical, athletic Celtic side.

The squad put together by Ange Postecoglou has been described as many things but physical in the football sense certainly isn’t one of them.

McLeish spent the weekend wallowing in the past at a Rangers Legends event, nostalgically recalling his days in the dug-out 20 years ago.

That was certainly up against a physical side. Martin O’Neill had Bobo Balde in defence with Johan Mjallby and Joos Valgaeren on either side, Henrik Larsson led the attack with John Hartson and Chris Sutton often in the same XI while Stan Petrov, Alan Thompson and Neil Lennon could look after themselves.

Beyond Cameron Carter-Vickers and super-sub Oh Hyeon-gyu physicality is something that is lacking in the current Celtic side.

For those that have been paying attention Postecoglou put an emphasis on pacey, dynamic players with lots of movement and variety.

Explaining the task facing Beale, McLeish told the Daily Record:

Celtic have a physical, athletic side and that’s brought them some domination in the last few years. Maybe we need to look and see about bringing that kind of formula into our club. Sometimes with players it’s confidence and I think Michael is working really hard on that.

The league is going to be very difficult at this stage of the season, given the points deficit. It kind of reminded me of my own time at the club. When I first took over the league was pretty much gone. We had a couple of cups to win and we managed to do that.

For this group of players there is a huge game ahead in the Scottish Cup. The team would need to claw back the deficit in the league and that means Celtic dropping a helluva lot of points.

Since being sacked by Scotland in April 2019 following a 3-0 defeat by Kazakhstan McLeish hasn’t been involved in management.

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  • Larry says:

    Maybe Beale should follow your example Alec and spend the tax payers money bringing in some muscle eh

  • Dinger says:

    Another son of Pinocchio

  • Scud Missile says:

    Lol a total FAILURE and this ALKIE is giving out advice as a manager that was never sober enough to know what day it was.

  • Seansouth says:

    Was the Kazakhstan game the one when he tried to bring on a sub that was already on?

  • Seppington says:

    “Maybe we need to look and see about bringing that kind of formula into our club.”

    If you can’t beat us copy us, eh? As per usual the under-educated fuds can’t come up with their own ideas….pathetic loser moron just like the rest of them.

    I think all the booze and Deludemol have rotted his brain.

  • paul obrien says:

    How did this clown ever get the Scotland gig, oh that’s right he needed the cash to pay his EBT debt.

  • Duncan says:

    Oh dear still on the Buckie I see.
    So sad in my eyes.

    Pray for Eck ??

  • Andrew Lamb says:

    Big Alex was last seen at midnight in his jammys wandering the streets head to many wet clubbies in his career

  • Clachnacuddin and the Hoops says:

    ‘We’ – ‘Our club’ – Is he still employed there…. Jeez what a rambling incoherent sounding alcoholic and Kenny Miller sounds like a ready made replacement !

    If it’s dementia setting in I’m very sorry for him… If it’s alcohol abuse then no – He’s a Hun and has brought it all on himself…

  • Thomas M Daley says:

    Amazed that he could put some semi coherent sentences together.
    The guy is a shell of a human being, 2019 he were a basket case, that is why he were sacked on the spot.

  • Dominic Hannah says:

    We have two physically very strong players Oh and CCV the rest made up of sheer fitness and skill

  • Jack says:

    Poor Alex talking about Martin O’neil
    Team get help alex

  • the maister says:

    McLeish was alright before he went to Rangers (1872-2012).

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