WHO knew Ange Postecoglou could be such a master of the understatement?

The Celtic boss turned the fortunes of an ailing team on their head last season and led them to the Premiership title with four points to spare.

Not bad going when you consider the Hoops limped in the previous term 25 points adrift in the runners-up position during the campaign to forget with the hopes of a historic tenth consecutive crown shredded early into 2021.

Postecoglou’s side are sitting at the Premiership pinnacle this morning with a nine-point lead as the Greek-Australian gaffer prepares for tomorrow’s midday kick-off against St Johntone at McDiarmid Park.

SILVER CELT…Ange Postecoglou and the spoils of war, the Premiership title and the League Cup.

Surveying the situation, Postecoglou observed: “We’ve shown that in just over 18 months, four transfer windows, we can be a pretty good side.

“With more work and more determination to improve, who knows what we can achieve?”

With 42 points still up for grabs, the Hoops have the opportunity to overcome the record of Brendan Rodgers’ Invincibles by finishing on 109 points – IF they win all 14 of their remaining games.

Postecoglou said: “I don’t really set those kind of targets. If you do that, you kind of put a ceiling on what you can do. If I had set the target that we want to beat the team that Brendan had, then what if we’d beat it with two games to spare?

“Do the players think then: ‘Well we have done it?’

“Let’s just be the best we can be and see where that takes us. If it means we fall short of an Invincible team that Brendan created, then it won’t be for the want of trying.”

A BIG HAND…Ange Postecoglou applauds the Celtic fans after yet another success.

Looking ahead, Postecoglou, speaking to the Daily Record, continued: “We knew that coming back after the break, it was going to be really hectic for us.

“We navigated that really well in terms of our performances and the results have been really good, as well.

“It calms down now after the weekend as we have no midweek games for a while, but that gives us a chance to work well with the squad. We will do some really meaningful work with the squad and maintain our levels.

“With the new players coming in, we will be able to really integrate them into things. We’d much prefer we were still in Europe, but this does give us a chance to work with the players on our game-style.

“That will just make our training sessions more competitive and I see this as a good little block where we can work individually and collectively with the players to improve.

“Hopefully, that is reflected in the performances in games.”

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