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Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic facing tough run of matches

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Celtic great Chris Sutton says Ange Postecoglou’s fate as Hoops manager could be decided in a hectic upcoming spell of seven matches in 22 days.

The first of those come on Saturday night when Postecoglou’s men resume their Scottish Premiership campaign after the international break with an away clash against Motherwell.

Celtic sit in sixth place on the table, one point behind Motherwell and six adrift of leaders Rangers.

The busy run of matches also includes Europa League duties as former Socceroos coach Postecoglou juggles domestic and continental commitments.

Sutton said former Celtic boss Neil Lennon had a similarly hectic schedule of matches at the same time last season and “never recovered” from a disastrous run of just one win in 11 games.

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“The damage is still being repaired now,” Sutton said in his Daily Record column.

“Postecoglou will need to be cut some slack but there’s no escaping this period is absolutely crucial.

“It’s a tricky spell but there’s not much margin for error.

“Rangers have been pretty average this season but you’ve got to expect them to pick up the pace. Celtic need to do the same.

“There shouldn’t be the pressure on Postecoglou to win the title this year given the mess he inherited, (but) that doesn’t mean his Celtic side shouldn’t be competitive in the Premiership and in Europe.

“It’s vital they start climbing the table to put pressure on Rangers.”

Postecoglou’s cause should be helped by Greek striker Giorgos Giakoumakis’ being fully fit and ready to make an impression.

In further good news for Celtic, French defender Christopher Jullien is close to returning from his injury-enforced absence.

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