If he didn’t know what it meant before, he does now. Ange Postecoglou’s first taste of an Old Firm derby has ended in defeat.
On Sunday night Australia time, the two Scottish powerhouses took to the field in front of a packed and hostile Ibrox Stadium.
Ange’s Celtic suffered a 1-0 defeat by the head of Ranger’s Swedish centre half, Borna Barisic from a corner set-piece.
Both sides created plenty of scoring opportunities from open play throughout the game. In the first half, Odsonne Édouard could’ve sent the Hoops ahead if weren’t for a mistimed shot when one on one with the keeper after a squared pass from new Japanese recruit, Kyogo Furuhashi.
With the crowd firmly willing the Rangers on to victory, it wasn’t without fight from their rivals. Tactical changes in the second half which included the oncoming substitution of Socceroo, Tom Rogic, seemed to create more chances for Celtic, although it proved too little too late.
The Australian manager spoke with Celtic TV after the game:
“Disappointing, tight game, typical sort of derby game where there’s a lot of chances and lot of open space, the first goal was always going to be critical unfortunately we had to opportunity to do that and we didn’t take it and they did.”
“It’s a game where we had the opportunity to grab hold of it and we didn’t take it, so it’s still disappointing and something that we need to make sure that especially in these big games that when the moment arrives, we’re ready to take it.”
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With the international break set to kick off, Ange will see out the remainder of the transfer window.
“Keen to get to the end of the window so we can settle the squad down and the players and on the other side of the window we’ll know what squad we have, and we can build.”
Tom Rogic will leave Scotland to join Graham Arnold’s 27-man Socceroo’s squad that will face China on Friday morning and then Vietnam the following Tuesday night in the final round of the Asian World Cup Qualifiers.