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ANGE ‘DISAPPOINTED’ CLAIM BY EX-CELT; ROSS FACES AXE

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KRIS COMMONS reckons Ange Postecoglou will be “DISAPPOINTED” after Celtic’s 9-0 rout of Dundee United at Tannadice.

The former Hoops and Scotland international midfielder insists the Parkhead manager would have hoped for his team to go into double figures against shell-shocked opponents.
There were still 10 minutes remaining of a lop-sided occasion when Carl Starfelt, with his second goal in a fortnight, bulleted in a header from a David Turnbull right-wing corner-kick for the ninth strike.
CLOUD NINE…Carl Starfelt races away after making it 9-0 with a scorching header. Cameron Carter-Vickers is about to add his congratulations as Celtic go on a romp at Tannadice.
The Swedish centre-back, who failed to score a solitary goal in his debut season, added to the hat-tricks from Kyogo Furuhashi and Liel Abada plus the others from Filipe Jota and Josip Juranovic.
It looked inevitable a tenth would come along and Turnbull and Callum McGregor came close in the fading moments before referee Steven McLean put the home side out of their misery with the full-time whistle.
Celtic went on the rampage just 24 hours after Liverpool, Rangers Champions League rivals, had completed an identical scoreline against Bournemouth, with Ryan Christie in the line-up, at Anfield in another demolition job.
Commons praised his old team, but he has genuine fears United gaffer Jack Ross will hold onto his post at Tannadice after just taking over at Tayside in the summer.
TWO CELTS, SIX GOALS…hat-trick stars Liel Abada and Kyogo Furuhashi in celebratory mood on Tayside.
The former Alloa, St Mirren, Sunderland and Hibs chief has lost his last four games by a scoreline of 23-1 with a 7-0 loss at AZ Alkmaar, a 4-1 defeat at Hearts, a 3-0 flop at home to St Mirren and now a nine-goal hiding from the champions.
Commons said: “I thought Celtic were going to go one better than Liverpool on Saturday and actually make it 10-0.

“When Brendan Rodgers first arrived at Celtic, I can vividly remember him telling us that he wanted to beat a team 10-0.”Celtic were leading 9-0 and still had 10 minutes left at the end to make it 10-0. In his heart of hearts, Ange Postecoglou will probably be slightly disappointed they didn’t quite manage it.

“But spare a thought for his counterpart in the opposite dug-out. It wasn’t so long ago that Ross was viewed as the next bright young thing in the Scottish management game.

“His reputation is now going down the drain at an alarming rate. Some people have suggested that he should actually just walk away.”

TANNADICE TRIUMPHANT…Ange Postecoglou celebrates with the joyous travelling support. 

Commons, writing in his Daily Mail column, continued: “It’s pretty obvious that he’s lost the dressing room. If he wants to keep his dignity, he could just offer his resignation.

“But that’s pretty rare these days. He will want to fight on and prove he can turn it around. He’s also under contract and would need to be paid off if United decide to make a change.

“These players need to take a good look at themselves. It’s a matter of personal pride. They looked like they had just thrown in the towel.

“I spoke at the start of the season about how I hate seeing managers losing their job so early in a campaign and I do stand by that.

“But these are now exceptional circumstances at Tannadice. The longer United allow this to continue, the further into a relegation scrap they will fall.

HAIL THE NINE-GOAL HEROES…captain Callum McGregor and his team-mates acknowledge the Celtic fans.

“Ross said pre-match yesterday that he felt his players hadn’t been working hard enough in the three previous games against Alkmaar, Hearts and St Mirren.

“That’s a pretty damning thing for a manager to say before a match. His body language just doesn’t look right to me and his comments backed that up.”

Commons added: “Deep down, I think he knows that things are only going one way from here.
“There’s NO way a manager can survive a run like this.

 

TIME’S UP…Jack Ross makes substitutions during the 9-0 thrashing from Celtic.
“Ross was in charge of St Mirren in 2017 when the club famously mounted the ‘Great Escape’ to avoid dropping into the third tier of Scottish football for the first time in their history.

“But he’d need to be Houdini to get out of this one.”

Ross steps back onto soccer’s tightrope on Wednesday night with a Premier Sports League Cup trip to Livingston while holders Celtic travel to Dingwall to face Ross County.
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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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