The Chronicle

Postecoglo­u ‘sorry’ after victory

- MARCO MONTEVERDE

A GRATEFUL Ange Postecoglo­u was happy to take the blame for staff and students skipping work and school to help inspire his Celtic side to a 2-0 Europa League home win over Ferencvaro­s.

Despite kick-off being at the unusual time of 3.30pm on a Tuesday, more than 50,000 fans were at Celtic Park to watch the Hoops’ keep alive their hopes of progressin­g to the knockout stages.

Europa League matches are usually played on Thursday nights in Europe, but with Celtic’s archrivals Rangers also playing at home this week in the continenta­l competitio­n, the Hoops match was brought forward by a couple of days after Scottish police and stewarding companies complained they would be unable to cater for two big games in Glasgow on the same night,

Playing on a Tuesday night (Scottish time) also wasn’t an option for Celtic because the match had to be completed before the start of any UEFA Champions League games, the earliest of which kicked off at 5.45pm (Scottish time).

“I apologise to all the employers who had little productivi­ty as they were missing people and schools may have been empty, but they come here, create an energy and we have to match that with our football,” a jovial Postecoglo­u said.

 ?? ?? Ange Postecoglo­u.
Ange Postecoglo­u.

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