Postecoglou makes statement with six-star Celts performance

Ange Postecoglou's Celtic.
Angle Postecoglou's Celtic won 6-0 against Dundee on Monday morning. (Image: celticfc.com)

Ange Postecoglou’s journey at Celtic has continued upward following his first Premiership win at the helm of the Scottish giants, pulling apart newly promoted Dundee 6-0 at home. 

Playing in front of the biggest football crowd in Scotland since March of 2020, Postecoglou’s side were spurred on by a hat-trick from new recruit Kyogo Furuhashi, completed inside 70 minutes. 

It was a lively start to the contest, with the home side getting reward for good effort when Kyogo pounced on a Liel Abada cross to finish truly in the 20th minute. 

Kyogo Furuhashi in action for Celtic against Dundee. (Image: Celtic FC)

The lively striker wasn’t far away from the play for too long either, scoring just five minutes later to open a two goal margin. 

An understated Postecoglou spoke post match about his side’s “relentless” performance, keeping the foot on the pedal for 90 minutes.

“We played some good football but also worked awfully hard,” he said

“We started the game really well which sort of set the tone and it was a good performance by the players, I’m delighted for them, they got the rewards for their had work.”

And whilst a hat-trick could have been had before half time, the 25,000+ crowd inside Celtic Park were just delighted to see what football under Postecoglou will look like. 

Celtic continued to dominate possession after half time and got their third goal when Australian Tom Rogic scored from just inside the box before being taken off soon after. 

Kyogo Furuhashi, Tom Rogic, David Turnbull and Liel Abada celebrate Rogic’s second half goal. (Image: Celtic FC)

The Kyogo hat-trick was then completed when the 26-year-old another cross inside the box, much to the delight of the Celtic fans again. 

“He got three goals and he probably could have had a couple more,” Postecoglou said about the new phenomenon at Parkhead.

“But his defensive work was also outstanding, you know, that got the crowd going, he was closing people down and that’s what he brings – that energy.

“I think the other boys are starting to filter off that.”

Defender Anthony Ralston and striker Odsonne Edouard finished the demolition off with two goals in the last twenty minutes. 

It’s been a big week for Postecoglou’s side since they faltered 1-2 to Hearts on the opening day of the season, welcoming former England international Joe Hart as well as James McCarthy through the doors at Parkhead. 

Celtic fans and Scottish pundits took to Twitter to register their delight in the brand of football that is going to be played under Ange Postecoglou.

Elsewhere, Steven Gerrard’s Rangers lost their first Scottish Premiership match in 40 outings at the hands of Dundee United , after falling 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier against Swedish side Malmo midweek. 

Postecoglou’s side will now complete the second leg of their Europa League qualifiers against Czech side Jablonec, having won the first leg away 4-2. 

CELTIC 6
Kyogo 20, 25 & 67; Rogic 48, Ralston 83, Edouard 89 (pen)

DUNDEE 0

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