ANGE POSTECOGLOU has been very supportive of the players after a tough run of defeats. He still is protecting the bhoys in the dressing room but he did make it clear he wants to see a reaction now after this run.
The manager cited all the reasons why we are struggling but admits, even with some of the obstacles in our way, we need to be doing better.
The manager also appeared gutted for the support and feels he and the players have let them down with the end result.
Asked about getting that reaction, Ange told the Glasgow Times:
“It has to happen soon,
“I’m disappointed for our fans tonight.
“They created a great atmosphere and we had such a good start to the game, we really took it to them and created several opportunities.
“So to walk away tonight losing 4-0, we’re all very disappointed in the dressing room – and we should be. We need to have a reaction.
“We’ve made things difficult for ourselves, even towards the end there was no need to concede a fourth. It shouldn’t have been a 4-0 game. We’ve got to be stronger mentally and keep ourselves in the game.
“It’s one thing me being supportive but there’s got to be a reaction to this. We’ve just got to keep persevering.
“We’ve had a number of injuries, we’ve rebuilt the squad – all those kind of things – it’[s not surprising it’s taking time. But I still feel even within that we can be better.
“We’ve just got to persevere and push through it, use the disappointment we have to fuel some fire to turn things around.”
Postecoglou again bemoaned the lack of a ruthless edge at both ends as the factor that is currently killing his team.
“We had some great chances and it’s a story of both boxes,” he said. “They’re a good side, they were clinical in the box.
“We made some mistakes that you can’t make at this level, so it was disappointing overall.
“I still think we had a couple of moments we could’ve done better in, although to be fair, their keeper’s pulled off some unbelievable saves as well.”
Ange knows what he wants to do, some of the players will be capable of giving him the performances he wants but there’s no depth to really see a season through to a successful finish.
We recruited a lot of players in the summer but we also lost a lot of first team bhoys, the balance in the squad isn’t there and we’ve witnessed an injury to Cal Mac throws the whole team off.
The Aberdeen game really is a must-win even this early in the season, already the club is trailing six points behind the league leaders, anything more dropped would almost certainly put us in a very poor position.