ANGE POSTECOGLOU purred in satisfaction when he saw his Celtic players pile forward against Ferencvaros – despite already leading 2-0 with only six minutes to go.
A lightning strike from Kyogo Furuhashi in the 57th minute and an own goal in the 81st minute left the Hoops well in control of the Europa League Group G encounter against the weary Hungarians yesterday afternoon.
The Hoops fans in a bouncing Parkhead enjoyed another rollercoaster ride with the team on the front foot as they attempted to add to the goal tally.
OOPS…Giorgos Giakoumakis mistimes a header right in front of goal.
OOPS…David Turnbull rolls the ball past the post with the goal gaping.
OOPS…Filipe Jota fires past the exposed keeper – and wide of the target.
David Turnbull slid one past the far post after being set up by the impressive Filipe Jota – so instrumental in the opening goal for Kyogo – and then the Portuguese winger missed the target in stoppage time when he lashed one wide with only the stranded keeper to beat.
Just before the second goal, substitute Giorgos Giakoumakis had a gilt-edged opportunity to open his Celtic account nine minutes after coming on as a substitute for Liel Abada.
The £2.5million Greek striker, who is awaiting his first start for the team, fluffed a header four yards out at the near post after Turnbull had swung in an inviting corner-kick from the left.
However, Postecoglou observed: “We’re never going to be a team that tries to slow things down or just take control for the sake of it.
“You saw at the end there, at 2-0 the game was over, but we were still trying to get a third and a fourth.
WHOOPS…Kyogo Furuhashi shows how it’s done with the opening goal against Ferencvaros.
“We want to be relentless and we want the opposition to know we’re going to keep going to the final whistle irrespective of the score and I think there are good signs that that stuff is slowly coming along.”
Looking at the big picture in a highly-competitive group with Real Betis due to play Bayer Leverkusen in Seville tomorrow night, Postecoglou, speaking to Celtic TV, added: “We knew a win was pretty much imperative for us to stay in the race and give ourselves a chance.
“So, we have that opportunity, we’ve obviously got a tough trip in a couple of weeks’ time over to Hungary. So, that’ll be our next task and we want to be alive for as long as possible and getting results will give us that opportunity.
“Now our focus is obviously back on the domestic game because we’ve got a big game against St Johnstone on Saturday.”