Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Semi Final - Celtic v Rangers - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain - April 17, 2022 Celtic's Reo Hatate and Callum McGregor with referee Bobby Madden REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

ANGE POSTECOGLOU disagrees that The Rangers dominated the game, saying both sides had their moments in the close encounter.

The match’s outcome couldn’t be decided in ninety minutes, so an extra thirty were required.

Postecoglou told Premier Sports after the game that he thought it was a ‘typical semi-final’ with the players too scared to put a foot wrong because they knew the potential consequences.

“It was a tight game. I don’t think either side really dominated for a great period.

“It’s the nature of a semi-final, there’s a lot at stake and they tend to be games where people are afraid to make mistakes.

“It ends up being a bit of an arm wrestle and we didn’t have enough to get it over the line.

“You can be disappointed without being critical, it’s a disappointing day for us because it was an opportunity for us to get to a final.

“But I can’t fault the effort of the players, it was a really tight game. (Rangers) took advantage of their moments, we didn’t.

The Rangers weren’t overly dominant, as some would suggest. Unlike Celtic, they took their chances and progressed to the next round of the competition.

It was end to end at the national stadium, with tackles flying in left, right and centre. The fans were in full voice for the entertaining game.

Frustratingly, Celtic failed to match the level of performance fans have become accustomed to. After such a dominant display against St Johnstone, the team could not match fans’ expectations and was relatively poor.

Postecoglou doesn’t feel his team lacked the intensity, but many fans did. It was a bad day at the office for Celtic, but the season is not over yet, with a league title still to be won.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Ange is wrong. The huns were the better side by some distance. Our players looked jaded from the kick off. You’d think we had played extra time on Thursday and not them.
    Celtic we’re rotten. Second to every ball. Attacking players were virtually anonymous.
    Early in the season Ange was rotating his side. He’s now playing the same XI every week if we are injury free and it’s clearly taken it’s toll. The midfield looks out on its feet.

  2. To true Ange we could have had that game but CV hit the bar if it went in then the game was over we where on top then so 2 nil up would have seen it over the line the game was a great watch but the ref needs pulled up and he must know there will be no hiding place when we have VAR the refs will be judge on there own MISTAKES in games…
    But let us face it we have won a cup this season and are in Poll Position to win the league so let us see this over the line….

    PS the way they acted after the game i think they thought that they had won the Cup and wanted to walk up and get there medals remember 2016..

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