Ange Postecoglou tells Celtic to ‘finish strong’ and win 52nd Scottish title in style


Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has urged his players to end the season in style as they near the finish line in the championship race.

The Premiership leaders are four points away from winning the title after Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Rangers.

But they have a 19-goal lead and a six-point lead over Rangers and a win over Hearts on Saturday would put the title beyond the realistic reach of their city rivals.

If Rangers then beat Dundee United on Sunday, Celtic would have a chance to officially seal the title in Tannadice on Wednesday and then enjoy a trophy celebration at home against Motherwell on May 14.

Postecoglou’s side have scored 81 league goals so far and he wants them to continue their top-scoring form in the last three games of the season.

“Following last weekend’s game it was quite an emotional and physical day for everyone so we gave the lads a few days off to recover and freshen up a bit,” he told Celtic TV.

“We’re back in training and looking forward to it. It’s been a challenging year, but we’re now on the home stretch. We know we have 10 days together as a group and we want to make the most of it.

“It’s quite tricky because you don’t want to fall over the line and just get it over with. It’s important to really enjoy this part.

“The challenge is still ahead, we haven’t achieved what we set out to achieve yet, so enjoy this piece, be ready for it, don’t want it to just come to you.

“We were quite strong on the players and everyone just to take on the challenge of wanting to win it our way, play our football and finish strong rather than just hoping it ends so we can get it over with .

“We want to finish strong and make sure we play our best football in the most important part of the year and for that we need to be good on Saturday.”

It was confirmed this week that Scotland’s title winners will progress straight to the group stage of the Champions League.

“I knew earlier in the year that the probability was so high, so we knew it was an important title because of all the benefits of guaranteed Champions League football,” Postecoglou said.

“That’s the level we all want to be at, that’s the level we want this football club to be at.

“Of course it’s a huge encouragement, but first and foremost it should bring some joy and success to our fans, especially after last year when we didn’t have any success.

“If we win the league, you know their summer is going to be very different than last summer.” Ange Postecoglou tells Celtic to ‘finish strong’ and win 52nd Scottish title in style

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