Ange Postecoglou
14th January 2023; Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland: Scottish Viaplay Cup Football Semi Final, Celtic versus Kilmarnock; Celtic Manager Angelos Postecoglou celebrates after the match

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou was delighted after his side thrashed St Mirren 4-0 to retain their nine point advantage at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Heading into the match, the Hoops manager had promised that he would freshen things up and make some changes to the team.

That was something he was previously criticised for in the 2-0 defeat to the Paisley side in September but the squad is now in a much better place since then. 

A debut was handed to former Vissel Kobe defender Yuki Kobayashi who joined the club during the January window. 

The 22-year-old looked composed on the ball and was always looking to make the forward pass. 

Elsewhere in the team, Josip Juranovic returned to left back and a familiar front three which played the majority of the first half of last season was selected as Jota, Liel Abada and Kyogo started up top. 

St Mirren again looked like a well organised team but after Abada broke the deadlock, their game plan collapsed and Celtic punished them for it as his side gained a lot of praise from their boss. 

“We scored some really nice goals and credit to the lads, it was a strong, disciplined performance,” Postecoglou said as quoted by Football Scotland. 

Ange Postecoglou
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“Yuki handled himself well. They are a very physically team and he showed his qualities on the ball. He’ll get better from that. 

Kyogo’s quality of finishing has always been there and they were two trademark Kyogo goals.”

Heading into the game, Postecoglou had been asked about strengthening the squad and again continued his desire to possibly add another addition to the squad. 

“We still have some time so we will see.

“We are maybe trying to bring one more in but we will see. It’s another short turnaround Wednesday to Saturday. There’s others who will get an opportunity on the weekend as we want to maintain our levels of performance.”


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