FORMER Australia international defender Craig Moore has warned Ange Postecoglou of the expectation levels at Celtic.
The one-time Ibrox centre-back has told the Hoops boss that anything less than second place in the Premiership in his debut campaign “won’t be accepted”.
Postecoglou, who only arrived in Scotland in late June, has been involved in a whirlwind start to his Parkhead career in a summer which saw TWELVE new players coming in while the likes of Odsonne Edouard, Kristoffer Ajer, Ryan Christie and Olivier Ntcham headed for the exit.
The Hoops beat Aberdeen 2-1 at Pittodrie at the weekend to win their first away domestic match since a 2-1 victory over St Johnstone in Perth on February 14.
UP, UP AND AWAY…Kyogo Furuhashi celebrates his eighth goal of the season in the 2-1 win at Aberdeen.
However, the success still left the Parkhead side anchored in sixth place after away losses at Tynecastle, Ibrox and Livingston and a 1-1 draw with Dundee United in Glasgow.
Moore is aware of the qualities of the Greek-Australian gaffer and said: “I’m not saying he’s been a slow burner, but he’s had slow starts at Brisbane and in Japan.
“He won the league both times in his second season. There’s a trend and there’s been a big turnaround.
“Everything you think you know about Celtic and Rangers, you have no idea until you actually live in it.
“It’s probably been tough as there’s been that many things going on that I’m not privy to.”
SALUTE TO THE CELTS…Ange Postecoglou celebrates at Pittodrie.
Moore, speaking on the Go Radio Football Show, added: “The patience is there as long as it’s not a blow-out. But they’ve got to finish second.
“Hearts, Hibs, Motherwell and Dundee United have all started well.
“They’re in sixth position even after beating Aberdeen. I think the patience will be there, but it’s based on showing signs of improvement.
“Third, fourth, fifth – that won’t be accepted. ”
Postecoglou will takes his Hoops side to Fir Park to face Motherwell a week tomorrow when the Premiership restarts after the international break.