Postecoglou acknowledged Celtic as he reacted to the Sydney defeat | Tech US News

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ANGE POSTECOGLOU admitted his Celtic side were far from at their best as they suffered defeat in their Super Cup opener in Sydney.

The Scottish champions lost 2-1 to Sydney FC despite taking the lead through Kyoga Furuhashi.

Goals from Robert Mak and Max Burgess turned the game on its head and it’s fair to say Postecoglou was not happy with his side’s performance.

He told Celtic TV: “It’s fair to say we weren’t anywhere near the level we should have been.

“It was a fun game. I thought there was a lot of goal action.

“But we did well today. Thanks to Sydney, they had better chances especially in the first half and they deserved to win.

“We did well, regardless of who played or didn’t play, we weren’t anywhere near the level we should have been.

“We will recover from that and get ready for Sunday against Everton.”

Celtic will now take on Frank Lampard’s Toffees at the weekend before returning to Scottish soil for a break before the return of the Scottish Premiership.

Postecoglou hailed the Hoops’ traveling support, adding: “Yes, as always they were brilliant.

“Whether we are at home or around the world, our fans are passionate about the football club. They always provide a great atmosphere.

“Unfortunately, we couldn’t reward them tonight, but I hope we will on Sunday.

“We will recover from tonight and have a session on Saturday. We will make sure we have the right mindset to be successful.”

Meanwhile, Celtic captain Callum McGregor is stepping up his bid to return from injury during the club’s tour of Australia.

The midfielder has been sidelined since picking up a knee injury in the Champions League away game against RB Leipzig at the start of October.

However, he was pictured jogging with his teammates on Wednesday after arriving in Australia for Sydney Cup preparations.

“Hopefully I’ll join in on bits of training this week and just progress my rehab,” McGregor told Celtic TV ahead of the first training session.

“It’s going to be an important five, six days for me. I’m looking forward to getting back on the grass with the boys.”


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