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Celtic: Kieran Devlin predicts bold approach against Rangers

Celtic: Kieran Devlin predicts bold approach against Rangers -Celtic News

Celtic must adopt a slightly ‘arrogant’ approach in possession against Rangers in their crucial Scottish Premiership clash, according to journalist Kieran Devlin.

The Lowdown: Huge game at Parkhead

Ange Postecoglou’s side face one of their biggest games of the season on Sunday afternoon, in what could be the pivotal day in the title race.

Celtic go into the match with a six-point cushion over their rivals with four league outings left, meaning victory for the Hoops would all but seal title glory.

That being said, a Rangers win would give the table a very different complexion and Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men will be confident after their Scottish Cup semi-final victory earlier this month.

The Latest: Devlin makes key prediction

Taking to Twitter on Friday, The Athletic‘s Devlin claimed that Postecoglou should be bolder in his tactics this time around, reacting to something he’d heard the manager say about that defeat:

“After the Hamden defeat, Postecoglou said that his players did not take as many “risks” in possession as he liked. That day Celtic were cautious and indecisive. Arguably their best strategy for Sunday is boldness, even a little arrogance, on the ball.”
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The Verdict: Correct approach from Hoops

While Celtic could technically play for a draw on Sunday, in order to retain their six-point advantage, going into a game with that approach always feels risky, potentially playing into Rangers’ hands.

Instead, the Hoops must back themselves, as Devlin says, taking the game to their opponents and showing that they are superior when it comes to technical ability.

The vital 2-1 win at Ibrox was proof of that, whereas the cup defeat was different, and it is imperative that they perform more like the former game than the latter.

In other news, a pundit has reacted to some key Celtic transfer news. Read more here.


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