ANGE POSTECOGLOU stopped the rot at Pittodrie on Sunday October 3 2021 with Celtic’s first away domestic victory since February 14.
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FAN-TASTIC…Ange Postecoglou goes across to greet the Celtic support after a crucial away triumph.
HOOP HOOP HOORAY…Ange Postecoglou shares the joy at Pittodrie.
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Postecoglou joined his celebrating players after Filip Jota had rattled in the points-clincher against Stephen Glass’ side with only six minutes remaining of a topsy-turvy encounter.
It was a genuine show of affection and emotion from Neil Lennon’s successor and it was clear how much the success meant to him on a personal level as he stood in front of the away support.
Afterwards, he said: “It was pleasing. Everyone is well aware of our struggles away from home going into last year.
“I think the manner in which we did it today showed tremendous character to get ourselves back in front after they equalised.
“I think the players were searching for the winner, they weren’t going to settle for a point. I’m pleased for the players that they got their rewards.”
HANDS UP…Ange Postecoglou salutes Kyogo Furuhashi’s opening goal against the Dons.
Speaking about the supporters, Postecoglou added: “We haven’t really rewarded them, particularly away from home. I’m pleased for our fans that they enjoyed the trip up here and they will enjoy the trip home.
“They saw today not only that we can play good football, but there is character in this team to get results when we need them.
“It can only help. If there is one thing about us this year, we have definitely shown that when we play well we can definitely take it to teams.
“There have been games when we have scored a lot of goals and played really well, but the one thing we haven’t shown yet is that ability to find a way to win a game when we need it.
“It’s not just the victory, it’s the manner in which we went about it.”
And, of course, it provided a perfect springboard for the Hoops to go back to the Premiership pinnacle with a 3-0 win over Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s Ibrox side on February 2 2022.
It was the first time the Parkhead men had occupied pole position for 18 months and they remained there until the end of the crusade when they made certain of their tenth crown in 11 years with a 1-1 draw against Dundee United at Tannadice on May 11.