Celtic: Ange Postecoglou ‘curious’ about Rangers comparisons from opposing coaches | football news

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Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has been baffled by the tendency of some opponents to lump his side together with Rangers when discussing games.

The former Australia head coach raised the issue after being asked about Aberdeen’s cautious tactics on Saturday.

Celtic had 33 shots on target and 80 per cent of possession against a side who managed two tries, both wide of target, and failed to extract a corner.

Dons manager Jim Goodwin explained after Celtic’s late 1-0 win that he learned from a recent trip to Ibrox when his side lost 4-1 after promising to attack Rangers.

Asked if he’s noticed more teams leaning back against the Scottish Premiership leaders, Postecoglou said: “Not really and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. I suppose Jim set up his team to try and get a result against us and every manager tries to do that.

“The odd thing I find and it has more to do with language than anything else – and it’s driven a little bit by you guys in the media I think – but I also hear opposing coaches and opposing players before we against they play, they can’ There doesn’t seem to be any difference between us and the rangers at all.

“It’s almost like ‘if you play in the top two, this happens’. Some of them even talk about it like it’s a trip. ‘You go to Glasgow and that’s what you expect’.

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“I don’t understand that because when I refer to all the teams other than Rangers as ‘the other 10’ and that ‘when we play the other 10 that happens’ then I don’t give that respect to the fact that Livingston on Wednesday will be a different challenge than St. Johnstone at the weekend.

“Even if they play defensively, they do it in different ways. Playing at home is different than playing away.

“So we approach every game like it’s a jump race – you respect every hurdle. Just because you’re a few lengths ahead doesn’t mean you’re walking around worrying about what’s next.”

“I find that a bit odd because when people assume something will or won’t work against Rangers it reflects how it’s going to be, we’re completely different teams.

“From my point of view, it kind of works in our favor when the opposing coaches talk like that. I don’t think they think that way.

“But they talk that way and also, when you put it in a historical context, it just makes the task seem insurmountable. Because they say ‘when you play the first two, that’s always happened’.

“Well you don’t play the top 2, you play Rangers, or you play Celtic, and you play at home, or maybe they have injuries or they had a bad week the week before.

“Maybe managers and some players fall into the trap of answering questions because they’re asked it, but I’m kind of struggling with that. Not the tactics, we all have our own methodology.”

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Sunday 29 January: Dundee United v Celtic, kick-off 4pm

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