Celtic thrashed by Bayer Leverkusen


Pressure is mounting on former Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou after Celtic’s heavy Europa League home loss.

Celtic great Paul Lambert has sympathised with “distraught” Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou, but admits the former Socceroos coach is running out of time to turn the Hoops’ fortunes around.

The Scottish giants’ recent run of ordinary form under Postecoglou continued on Friday morning (AEST) when they were thrashed 4-0 at home by German club Bayern Leverkusen in the Europa League.

Pressure is seemingly building on Postecoglou ahead of his side’s Scottish Premiership clash with Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Sunday night.

Celtic is in sixth spot on the ladder and six points behind leaders and arch rivals Rangers.

“Celtic’s not a developing club, it needs winning,” ex-Hoops skipper Lambert told BT Sport.

“If you play here, you have to win games. You can be nearly, nearly, nearly all you want – it doesn’t matter.

“If you don’t win here, you’ll get criticised because of the size of the club.

“That’s the one thing that annoys me with it – ah, we’re unlucky, we’re unlucky. This club is built on winning.”

“There has got to be a reaction up at Aberdeen on Sunday. Some of the players will have to step up, but you can’t keep hiding behind the manager.

“He looks distraught. That’s the most I’ve seen him down in an interview, and rightly so.”

Postecoglou said his team could not “keep disappointing” its fans.

‘They can’t put it to the back of their minds, they have to have it in the front of their minds,” he said.

“We can’t keep disappointing our supporters. We can keep saying that we’ve had disruptions, we’ve had issues with the squad and the team and our performances have been OK.

“We’ve got to take the pain and disappointment we’ve experienced (against Leverkusen) as a motivation to fuel fire for the game on Sunday because otherwise, if we keep putting it to one side and hoping things will turn around, it just won’t happen that way.”

Another Celtic great, Chris Sutton, said “patience” was needed and that Postecoglou had taken over a “s***show”.

“Celtic thumped by Bayer Leverkusen. Didn’t take their chances and exposed badly by ruthless Leverkusen. Ange has a style of play which he will stick with. I think he needs time and patience. Once the new players are bedded in though the team can’t keep making the same mistakes…,” Sutton tweeted.

“It’s OK Paul Lambert saying Ange Postecoglou needs to win titles and the club is all about winning etc but he’s taken over a s***show and been in the door three months.”

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