Dundee Utd 0-9 Celtic: ‘We don’t want to limit the team we want to be’

In years past, Celtic managers might have been expected to take their foot off the gas with a 4-0 half-time lead and an Old Firm game six days from now.

That’s not Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic, which may well explain why, by half-time, eager statisticians were already frantically shuffling through the record books.

Five games unbeaten at the start of the season is nothing new, but Celtic not only opened Dundee United in Sunday’s 9-0 humiliation, they gutted them.

In the process, they racked up Celtic’s biggest away win in the league, breaking a record that had stood since 1988 when Mark McGhee and Frank McAvennie scored three hat-tricks in an 8-0 thrashing of Hamilton.

“That’s part of the kind of soccer team we want to be,” Postecoglou said. “It’s not just about how we play, it’s our intention, which is to keep going all the time, not letting the scoreline or the circumstances dictate how we do things.”

Nine unanswered goals, seven scored from less than 12 meters. Kyogo Furuhashi and Liel Abada scored hat-tricks, while Jota, Josip Juranovic and Carl Starfelt also got in on the act.

The defending champions are now back at the top of the Scottish Premiership table, but with Rangers just two points behind.

“Apart from Kyogo’s second, the goals were other people’s good work,” said Postecoglou, whose side began their defense of the League Cup in Ross County on Wednesday ahead of a delightful visit from Premiership Rangers. Saturday.

The Celtic boss added: “It’s about setting our own standards and making sure we’re the best we can be every time we’re there.

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“We are not going to measure our progress or success because we don’t know what the end point is, we don’t want to put a limit on the team we want to be.

“We knew that Dundee United are going through a rough patch. They are probably a bit vulnerable today and we got past them early, which allowed us to play our football.”

‘Humiliating’ but Ross wants to ‘fix it’

On the receiving end of Celtic’s assault was a United side who have now conceded 23 goals in four games. Eight of them came in the final hour against Celtic.

Jack Ross has lost five in a row as United manager and is already facing real scrutiny after just 69 days in his job, with the team two points from bottom.

“Humiliating and disgraceful” is how the 46-year-old summed up his emotions after United’s heaviest ever home defeat.

“We offer [the supporters] an apology that is not good enough. You shouldn’t concede that many goals at any level of football, regardless of the opponent’s level.

“We are continually looking for answers, but at this point we have not found them. I will accept my share of the criticism and the players must take responsibility.”

“And because of the shame and humiliation that I feel right now, absolutely, I want to correct that.”

‘I don’t know how they come back from this’ – analysis

Unbelievably, Celtic’s second goal didn’t come until the 40th minute. United had held on pretty well, though they played most of the first half with their feet behind.

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However, the last 10 minutes of the first half and the full 45 will go down as one of the worst hours of football in United history.

Captain Ryan Edwards insists the players must take most of the blame. “We are 100% [behind the manager]. We know as players we have let him down, we have let each other down, the fans, the staff and our families,” he said.

“I don’t think we as players can discuss if we lose our positions at the club. There shouldn’t be fingers pointed at staff or at the board.”

While Ross is determined to be allowed to get United out of their current mess, pressure has mounted on the manager just days after sporting director Tony Asghar said his job was not under threat.

“I honestly don’t know how United or Jack Ross got back from this,” former United striker Steven Thompson told BBC Sportsound. “I think he is in grave danger of losing his job.

Former United midfielder Craig Easton added: “United were mentally scarred by the 7-0 loss to AZ Alkmaar. What does this do to them now? This is worse and the scary thing is that it could have been too much. plus”.

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Celtic bombarded the home goal while United managed just two shots on target.

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