Finally for Ange Postecoglou, a long-awaited first victory as Celtic manager

Finally for Ange Postecoglou, a long-awaited first victory as Celtic manager.

The complete performance remains some way off.

Given the fact that he’d suffered the misfortune to be the first Parkhead boss in 75 years to fail to win any of his first three competitive games in charge, the Australian will primarily be relieved just to change the narrative in the Czech Republic last night.

Yet the loss of two goals in elementary fashion and the often erratic nature of the display will temper much of whatever joy he felt at this outcome.

Ange Postecoglou’s side secured a Europa League advantage on Wednesday night


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His side may be surely all but through to face AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League playoff round but there are many more hurdles to navigate before the side will be anything close to truly pleasing him.

This, though, was still a largely positive night for the Australian. For all the frailties that have been evident in each of his previous games in charge were again conspicuous, they were largely offset by much of the offensive play his side produced.

It was fitting that the first half goals were shared between Liel Abada and Kyogo Furuhashi, garlanding impressive displays from both of the new signings.

James Forrest and Ryan Christie scored either side of the Czech’s third, the latter’s flying header giving the visitors a cushion which will surely be enough to advance.

Jablonec, it has to be said, looked nothing special.

Better Celtic sides would have out them to the sword with something to spare.

But Postecoglou’s work in progress didn’t control the game for long enough periods or make enough of their half chances count. There is much work to do.

Joe Hart made his debut between the sticks.

Although blameless at each goal, the lack of time the former England goalkeeper has had to work with his defence was glaringly obvious.

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