August 8, 2022

ANGE POSTECOGLOU insists Celtic’s Europa Conference League hopes are still alive – despite Bodo / Glimt’s shock.

Kjetil Knutsen’s Norwegian champions took a step into the last 16 with a 3-1 win at Parkhead.


Celtic boss Ang Postikoglu says it was a frustrating night.Credit: Kenny Ramsay

But Celtics boss Postikoglu believes his side could end Bodo’s lead next week.

He said: “It’s not over, it’s half the time.

“I don’t think anyone would think that we were going to play there for only 90 minutes.

“It was a frustrating night for many reasons, but it’s part of football.

“We will wash ourselves and then we will go.

“It’s still an opportunity. From our point of view, it’s about going there and playing our football.

“Once we’ve done that, we’re a tough team to beat.

“It’s half time, we’re down 3-1 and we’ll see what happens.”

Goals from runners Espjord and Amal Pellegrino gave Bodo a 2-0 lead at Park Head.

Daisy Maida’s header gave Celtic a lifeline in the 79th minute – but Hugo Vettilson’s deflected shot ended the game.

“It was a frustrating night and we didn’t get the results we wanted,” Postakglo said.

“The performance was fine. We controlled the game but were caught on the counter once or twice and they scored.

“It simply came to our notice then.

“We should have eliminated them in the game.

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“But we took a second and it gave them a chance to sit back and hit us in retaliation.

“We had some opportunities but I didn’t think we had enough variety at number three.

“It’s all part of football and part of our evolution.”

For Bodo, Whitlson’s third match could be crucial in a tie, and Celtic captain Colm McGregor acknowledged that he was NAIVE shortly after scoring.

He said: “If the game ends 2-1, you will have a real chance.

“It simply came to our notice then.

“So, we have to learn from that. We will analyze and learn that you always have to switch on, especially when you score.

“It simply came to our notice then.

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“It’s always difficult when you leave a goal behind so quickly in a game. It gives you a mountain to climb.

“But I still felt we had enough in the game and there were some good conditions around their box.

“It simply came to our notice then.

“Even when we’ve got a goal, you’d think we’d have a chance.

“But then we immediately confessed and that kind of thing hit us again.

“For me, there was a lot in the game that suggested we could go there and turn it around.

“We need to be positive and calm, and we need to do that.

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