By Alex McLeish

8th Oct, 2021 | 1:00pm

Ex-manager cites Guardiola in brutal Celtic verdict

Alex McLeish has claimed the Celtic squad lack the “intelligence” to carry out Ange Postecoglou’s tactics this season.

The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 56-year-old manager doesn’t have the “quality of player” to implement his favoured system at Parkhead.

As quoted by the Sun (October 1st), Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart confessed Postecoglou’s style is “risky” but insisted the Hoops players “believe in the process”.

The shot-stopper acknowledged that the Glasgow side need to start turning their statistical dominance into results.

Postecoglou joined Celtic in June, signing a 12-month rolling contract.

McLeish compared his early struggles to those of Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and his “experiments” with personnel and tactics.

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“It’s even more difficult when the players are not quite up to the quality of your ideas and your system,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.

“We’ve seen Guardiola experiment over the years, and it’s even cost him the Champions League last season.

“So even the best managers can get caught out tinkering with the system.

“We really saw Celtic exposed last week at Parkhead.

Yes, there were good attacking elements to their game and they missed some good chances.

“But when the opposition broke away and exposed the flanks they were hurt badly.

“It’s a work in progress.

“But it looks like Celtic don’t currently have the quality of player who has the intelligence or experience to understand the system.”

Celtic trail their Old Firm rivals Rangers by six points in the Scottish Premiership, sitting sixth in the table.

The Hoops have also struggled in the Europa League, losing their first two group games.

In other news, pundit urges Celtic and Rangers to unite in major SPFL development.