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Sport Ange must unleash "brilliant" £15k-p/w Celtic dynamo vs Bayer, he "always shows up" - opinion

12:45  25 november  2021
12:45  25 november  2021 Source:   footballfancast.com

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  Celtic praise for James McCarthy and Callum McGregor 'massive' influence: Ange Postecoglou Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou praised the “massive” role Callum McGregor plays on and off the pitch after the club captain claimed the winner in the 2-1 victory over Aberdeen. © Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou (left) celebrates Jota's goal with his coaching staff during a Cinch... And the Australian suggested that, even without a first league goal of the season for the 28-year-old, his ceaseless industry and cajoling - “he is a man of action and words”, said the 56-year-old - would have made him the most crucial contributor for the home team across a testing afternoon.

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With arguably the biggest game of Ange Postecoglou’s short Celtic career coming up in the Europa League on Thursday, as a win could potentially see the Bhoys take a huge step towards securing what initially looked to be a highly unlikely route out of their group, the 56-year-old will undoubtedly be thinking long and hard about his starting XI for the clash.

There is yet further incentive for Celtic to get one over on Bayer Leverkusen this week, as the Bundesliga side stuck four past the Bhoys at Parkhead in the reverse fixture – a result which appears to have inspired the Hoops on a run of nine consecutive games without defeat in all competitions.

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So, with so much riding on the match, it is essential for the Greek-Australian boss to get his team right for the trip to the BayArena – with one player who has made a very strong case for a start in recent fixtures being James Forrest.

Postecoglou must unleash Forrest

Having recently returned from a training ground injury – a knock which kept the 30-year-old sidelined for ten weeks – Postecoglou has been slowly reintroducing the winger to first-team football, with Forrest featuring for eight minutes against Livingston, 20 minutes against Ferencvaros, 28 minutes against Dundee and 21 minutes against St. Johnstone last weekend.

It was the latter of these appearances which proved that the £5.4m-rated man is ready for a start on Thursday, as, just four minutes after being brought on in the League Cup semi-final, the man who Kieran Tierney dubbed a “brilliant” player inspired Celtic to a dramatic win, drilling home to send the Bhoys end wild, and securing his club’s spot in the final.

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  Andreas Hinkel tells Celtic to catch Bayer Leverkusen cold as German side have lost their cool heads Leverkusen dished out a 4-0 thrashing in Glasgow but former Parkhead defender Hinkel believes an upset is possible this time. The former Parkhead defender is eagerly-awaiting the outing of Ange Postecoglou’s troops in his homeland for Thursday's Europa League crunch against Bayer.

Aside from Forrest’s impressive impact last weekend, another reason why Postecoglou simply must start the £15k-per-week winger on Thursday is the rather contrasting recent displays of Liel Abada, as, aside from a good showing against Ferencvaros, the 20-year-old has not been in the best of form over the past month or so.

As such, with a win being of the utmost importance in Germany, the 56-year-old Bhoys boss must unleash the man who Tam McManus claimed “always shows up” for the Hoops – as he could well be Celtic’s cup hero once again.

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Ange Postecoglou has first Celtic trophy in sights - 'I won't get two or three years to do that' .
Ange Postecoglou has stressed his determination to win a first trophy as Celtic manager – and the club’s first since the delayed Scottish Cup last year – after seeing his side clinch a Premier Sports Cup final place with a win over holders St Johnstone. © Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou celebrates after the Premier Sports Cup semi-final win over St Johns... It was a tight, at times nervy affair at Hampden on a night when the life of Bertie Auld was celebrated by fans.The Lisbon Lion died last week at the age of 83 and both sets of fans took part in a minute’s applause in his memory.

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