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‘DAMAGING,’ COMMONS’ SALVO FOR POSTECOGLOU

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FORMER Celtic star Kris Commons insists the honeymoon between Ange Postecoglou and the Parkhead support is over.

The Hoops flopped to a 1-0 shock loss at Livingston yesterday – amazingly their SIXTH defeat in SEVEN away games since the Greek-Australian took over as manager in June.

Postecoglou has endured a torrid period with losses against FC Midtjylland, Hearts, AZ Alkmaar, Rangers, Real Betis and now Livi who were rock-bottom of the Premiership without a win until the visit of the Glasgow club.

Ex-Scotland international midfielder Commons said: “I doubt there are many supporters feeling a great deal of love and affection towards Ange Postecoglou this morning.

LIVI LETDOWN…Ange Postecoglou watches as Celtic struggle in West Lothian.

“Yesterday’s defeat at Livingston was a damaging affair for the new Celtic manager, wiping out a lot of the goodwill afforded to him by the fans.

“It brought to an end any sense of a honeymoon period. That’s all over and Postecoglou is now firmly under the microscope.

“Why? Because, for any Celtic manager, failure to beat the team who were bottom of the table at the start of play is totally inexcusable. Plain and simple.”

Commons, speaking in his Daily Mail column, continued: “I know Celtic were missing a couple of key players in Callum McGregor and Kyogo Furuhashi. Postecoglou also opted to rotate his squad and freshen it up after European exertions in midweek.

“But that won’t wash. Not when you’ve just lost to the team who, prior to yesterday’s result, had been the worst team in the league over the first few weeks of the season.

MATCHWINNER…Andrew Shinnie (second left) fires past Joe Hart with the Celtic defence switching off.

“Even accounting for one or two players being absent or rotated, a massive club like Celtic should still have more than enough in reserve to get the job done at Livingston.

“The only saving grace from yesterday’s results is the fact that Rangers let them off the hook by stuttering to a 1-1 home draw with Motherwell.

“Rangers haven’t been great this term. They’ve yet to hit top gear or find the fluency we saw from them last season.

“Yet, tellingly, they are still top of the league and four points ahead of Celtic. That’s ominous because although I believe there’s a lot more to come from Celtic this season, the same applies to Rangers.”

OH, BHOY…David Turnbull shows his disappointment after a first-half miss.

Commons added: “Yesterday’s defeat will have been a serious wake-up call for Postecoglou. Of the 11 players who started the match, six of them were his signings.

“This is now very much his team. The board backed him to the tune of £20million in the summer for what was a massive rebuild. The rebuild isn’t finished yet.

“It’ll take at least one more transfer window, possibly even two. But there’s no doubt this is now his team with his name on it.

“And, whatever way you want to paint it, losing to Livingston just won’t do.”

Andrew Shinnie scored the game’s only goal in the 25th minute after Stephen Welsh switched off and allowed the Livi forward to turn and thump an unstoppable effort high past the helpless Joe Hart who was again captaining the side in the absence of McGregor.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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