ANGE POSTECOGLOU watched his players demolish Dundee United 9-0 at Tannnadice to produce a record away Premiership victory.
However, after Celtic’s swashbuckling performance with Kyogo Furuhashi and Liel Abada both firing hat-tricks, the perfectionist Hoops boss insisted: “It’s not about joy.”
The champions’ juggernaut crushed the resistence of Jack Ross’ struggling side with a pulverising, non-stop show that saw them four goals ahead at the interval.
A BIG HAND…Ange Postecoglou applauds the Celtic fans after the 9-0 Tannadice romp.
Filipe Jota, Josip Juranovic and Carl Starfelt also got in on the goalscoring act as the Parkhead men hoisted their tally to 21 from five league encounters for a 100 per cent kick-off to this campaign.
Postecoglou, though, refused to get carried away with the runaway triumph that put his team back at the Premiership pinnacle and said: “We knew that Dundee United are going through a bit of a rough patch and it was important for us to impose ourselves on the game from the beginning.
“The players did that, they worked hard and we got some quality goals at the end of it.
“It’s not about joy because, at the same time, you respect that you’ve got an opposition manager who’s going through a tough time.
“I think in this game you’ve got to stay humble and respectful.”
TRUE GRIT…Ange Postecoglou displays typical determination after an outstanding success.
The Greek-Australian gaffer, speaking to Celtic TV, added: “I was really pleased that the players stayed focused.
“Again, we didn’t disrespect the game and it could have been easy in the second-half to go away from our game-plan and have guys starting to do things that aren’t part of who we are, but we never did that.
“We stayed really disciplined and focused, respected the fact that we want to treat every football game with equal measure and the boys did a great job.”