Ange Postecoglou ready again for Celtics challenge in Ross County | football news

Ange Postecoglou recalled the night Global Energy Stadium “felt like Celtic Park” as he prepared for the trip to play Ross County on Saturday.

The Hoops manager’s first away game against the Staggies last December ended in drama when Anthony Ralston headed the winner for the 10-man Hoops in seventh minute of added time to keep Celtic within reach of then-champions Rangers.

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Celtic coach Ange Postecoglou is helping his players rise to the challenge in Ross County

Postecoglou celebrated the last-minute goal that gave the visitors a 2-1 win as enthusiastically as the enthusiastic traveling support, and Celtic eventually overtook their Old Firm rivals to bring the title back to Parkhead.

Postecoglou expects another tough test at Dingwall, although the venue stands in stark contrast to the packed Celtic Park, where the Hoops got off to an encouraging start to their title defense with a 2-0 win over Aberdeen last week.

He said: “Every game and every situation has its own challenge.

“I would hate to dismiss it as a difficult game just because of the venue, I think it’s also a difficult game because of the opponent you’re facing.

“Obviously Ross County is a good team, they make it difficult for the opposition whoever goes there.

“I can tell you it felt like Celtic Park in those moments with Anthony Ralston putting one in at the last minute.

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Anthony Ralston struck late to give Celtic victory at Dingwall last season

“The atmosphere is still pretty decent so for us we just have to focus on playing our football no matter the challenge.

“What we’ve shown over the past year and so far this year is that no matter what’s thrown at us, if we can play our football, stick to the task and be disciplined, we’re hard to stop.”

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The former Australia boss acknowledged the importance of Ralston’s goal and win at Dingwall “in terms of resilience, which I’ve talked about over and over again throughout the year”.

He said: “We were in smoke at the time, we had quite a lot of players out there, we were playing games without much depth in numbers, it was a tough place to go, Ross County were playing aggressive football and we were up to it 10 men, you build resilience.

“There were probably half a dozen excuses we could have used that day not to win that game. We chose an alternative path and I thought that would serve us well for the rest of the season.”

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