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Celtic’s Australian boss Ange Postecoglou remains adamant he has support of the public and, more importantly, his squad despite his poor start continuing at Glasgow.

The Scottish powerhouse slumped to a disappointing 1-0 away defeat at Livingston last weekend – their third loss of the season.

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Celtic are now sixth and five points behind rivals Glasgow Rangers, having won just one of seven matches in all competitions this season.

But the former Socceroos manager is adamant he will be given time to turn the ship around, believing the club and supporters understand there was no quick fix.

“I’m not on social media and I’m not a great reader of what’s going on around the place, but my general feeling is that our supporters are totally understanding of the situation we’re in and have been very supportive right from day one,” he said.

“I haven’t sensed a shift in that, although I know Sunday’s game was probably the most disappointed they’ve been in our performance. I’ve never felt that our supporters were thinking this would be a quick fix at any stage.

“For us, it’s about what we do internally here. We can’t get caught up in what outside timelines are or what expectations are from various people who are obviously going to critique what we do when things aren’t going well. We’ve just got to stand up and face that and accept that as part of the process.”

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While Postecoglou was desperately disappointed with their lacklustre performance during their 1-0 defeat, he remained upbeat that they were on the right track.

“Our away results haven’t been great but I wouldn’t say our away form hasn’t been great,” he said. “You’ve got to differentiate between that because you can get caught up creating a bigger area of concern than what exists.

“Our results obviously haven’t been great away from home but our form has actually been pretty good, with the weekend’s form being the exception to that in that we didn’t really play with our tempo and intensity.”

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Celtic will once again be without Callum McGregor, Kyogo Furuhashi, Greg Taylor, James Forrest and Christopher Jullien for Friday’s (4:45am AEST) home clash against Raith Rovers.

But there is some good news, with Giorgos Giakoumakis set to be included.

Postecoglou reiterated that patience and calm was necessary and he wouldn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.

“I’m not a woe-is-me kind of bloke,” he said.

“It would be great to have a full complement of players. We’re obviously missing our skipper and our top scorer and you can start thinking things are piling up against you or you can see it as an opportunity to build resilience.

“Things will settle down. The key thing is that we stay calm and stay strong. You can go around thinking about the possibilities if you had everyone available but that’s not in our control. What is in our control is that we have a game on Thursday night and an opportunity to progress in a competition, and that’s where our focus is.”

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