Ange's bold claim amid Celtic injury chaos as Kewell's nightmare continues: Roo Radar

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Ange's bold claim amid Celtic injury chaos as Kewell's nightmare continues: Roo Radar
Ange Postecoglou is remaining bullish about his Celtic side's development despite a nightmare defensive collapse in their Europa League opener on Friday morning.

Celtic coughed up a two-goal lead to concede four goals in just 21 minutes in a 4-3 defeat to Real Betis, as the Scottish giants' defensive frailties were on full display once again.

It was a third defeat from their last four matches – which has seen them miss out on the Champions League, lose Old Firm bragging rights to fiercest rivals Rangers, and slip to fifth in the Scottish Premiership.

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But Postecoglou said he was 'really proud' of his team's effort – and promising greater things were to come.

"I was really proud of the football we played and the efforts the players put in," Postecoglou said. "We showed some resilience to show that irrespective of circumstances, we will be a certain kind of football team.

"Don't get me wrong, I'm disappointed we didn't win tonight, and I'm disappointed the players didn't get their rewards, but it doesn't deter my bullishness about where we're heading.

"We're just going to get stronger, there's no doubt about that."

Ange Postecoglou during the Europa League tie against Real Betis. Source: AFP

"We don't want to make excuses … I couldn't ask any more from the players, the football we played was exactly the type of team we want to be," the Celtic boss added. "When you come away from home, score three goals and create many more chances, I think there are some good signs here."

In his 13 matches in charge of the Hoops so far, Celtic has won seven, lost five and drawn just once. The offence has fired – trademark of Postecoglou's stunningly attacking style – scoring 33 goals, but the defence has shipped 16 goals as well.

But Postecoglou has had to deal with a particularly…
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