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‘WE’RE LOOKING TO ADDRESS IT,’ POSTECOGLOU AND THE CELTIC PROBLEM

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ONE thing annoyed Ange Postecoglou as he watched Celtic romp to a 5-0 win over Morton to earn a place in tomorrow night’s Scottish Cup fifth round draw.

The champions raced to a four-goal half-time advantage after Aaron Mooy had opened the scoring following a controversial VAR call against ex-Hoops defender Efe Ambrose.

It looked harsh when a Liel Abada shot rebounded onto the Nigerian international’s arm in the 18th minute. Referee Kevin Clancy was instructed to review the incident on the touchline screen and he returned to the pitch to point to the spot.

HAPPY DAZE…Liel Abada, Daizen Maeda, Aaron Mooy and Kyogo Furuhashi celebrates the Aussie’s opening goal in the 5-0 win over Morton. 

Mooy made no mistake as he buried an effort beyond keeper Brian Schwake who went the wrong way as the ball smashed low into the net.

Three minutes later, Kyogo Furuhashi doubled the advantage and David Turnbull added a third with an excellent low drive from 25 yards that swept low into the corner.

The Japanese frontman claimed a double and his 20th of the season with a rasping right-foot shot after a mistake by Grant Gillespie.

Mooy, who also hit the post, knocked in No.5 late in the game as the Hoops coasted through.

Postecoglou, though, was far from satisfied with the condition of the Parkhead pitch.

The perfectionist manager believes the poor state of the playing surface is becoming a hindrance to his side’s style of play.

FOUR-MIDABLE…Kyogo Furuhashi lashes in No.4 as Hoops coast to victory.

He said: “It was a decent hit-out, it was a Cup game, so you know the result is everything. The only concern we have going into these games is over how we approach it.

“I thought the attitude of the boys was great. They worked hard and we scored five goals and there were contributions from everyone, so I thought it was a positive day.

“Potentially, we could have scored more, but it wasn’t for the want of trying. We maintained our composure as much as we could.

“Our pitch isn’t in great nick at the moment which isn’t helping things. You go into these games with a bit of trepidation about how the boys will react and I thought they reacted well.”

Postecoglou, speaking to the Daily Record, added: “I understand the weather has been a challenge, but, at the same time, on our home pitch we have certain advantages.

“One is the crowd and the atmosphere, also it’s a big pitch that suits our game when it’s in good condition.

“When it’s not, it just makes things a little bit of a struggle for us. I know we’re looking to address it.”

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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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