Former Celtic midfielder Stiliyan Petrov has called for Hoops boss Ange Postecoglou to be given time, and he believes fans are prepared to do so.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the Bulgarian expressed his thoughts on the club’s current situation, stating that the side is going through a ‘transition period’, which will take time under Ange Postecoglou.

“At the moment, everyone is talking about the away form and not winning games away. It’s just a transition period that they have to go through.

He continued, saying: “The way the manager wants Celtic to play is very difficult. It needs time to work on; there is a lot of detail that needs to be covered.

“He always stresses how he loves going forward, he loves scoring goals, but he has always stressed that the defence hasn’t been in the best possible way.

“They’ve got a lot of new players at the back, so they need time to tell. It’s a lot of work that needs to be done on the pitch, and he knows that, and he’s talking about it.

“But he is quite calm, and he knows the process will take time.

“I think the Celtic fans are quite prepared to give this manager time.”

Under Postecoglou so far, there have been positive signs of the work he is doing with the squad, and many have argued at certain points that we are further ahead than expected with some of the performances this campaign.

That being said, of course, there have also been some disappointments, such as yesterday’s defeat and the current away form.

These are issues that need to be resolved as the season goes on. Especially with some tough away fixtures to come against Motherwell, Hibernian and Aberdeen.

In my opinion, the process as a whole will take time under Postecoglou, as it would under any new manager during the rebuild which we faced this summer.

From what we have seen so far, I am optimistic that our fortunes will change for Ange and the squad.

But fans will still be hoping and expecting to see significant results and performances in the coming weeks, in some potentially huge fixtures.


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