Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic edge closer to Scottish title after coming from behind to beat Hearts

Ange Postecoglou is the toast of Glasgow’s green half after successfully sealing a 52nd Scottish title with Celtic.

The Australian Bhoys manager was all smiles at Parkhead after watching his side come from behind to beat Hearts 4-1 on Saturday and – almost mathematically – claim the Premiership crown.

The win puts Celtic nine points clear of sworn rivals Rangers, who have three games to play but have a vastly inferior goal difference of 22.

The ecstatic scenes at Celtic Park are testament to the remarkable influence former Socceroos boss Postecoglou has had since taking over a demoralized club in June last year.

Celtic had strayed as Rangers – under former boss Steven Gerrard – ruled the Scottish roost, but Postecoglou, initially received at Parkhead as the “Angel who?” became a cult figure after rejuvenating their fortunes.

Postecoglou signing Matt O’Riley (centre) celebrates after scoring Celtic’s third goal against Hearts.(Reuters: Russell Cheyne)

The 56-year-old has restored the club’s attacking identity while bringing in new ideas and personnel and his new Celtic look now has his hands on his second trophy in his opening season following the Champions League success. League in December.

It seemed fitting that Celtic’s victory on Saturday was due to goals from four of Postecoglou’s inspired signings – Daizen Maeda, Kyogo Furuhashi, Matt O’Riley and Giorgos Giakoumakis.

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