By Alan Hutton

15th Dec, 2021 | 4:00pm

Postecoglou set to 'gamble' on Celtic stars after confession - Scottish pundit

Alan Hutton has claimed Ange Postecoglou is set to “gamble” on the Celtic squad’s fitness after suffering a host of injuries at Parkhead.

The former Rangers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the manager’s “high octane” methods would test the players to the maximum.

As quoted by the The Times (Sunday, 12 December), Postecoglou admitted there would be no “compromise” in terms of his demands on the training ground or on matchday.

That is despite the Bhoys suffering a spate of injury problems recently.

Postecoglou confessed his style of management means players would “pay a price” in terms of possible absences.

Hutton insisted the manager is taking a risk on his players’ fitness by not adapting his methods.

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Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “It’s a gamble. He’s going to have to do use a big squad at this moment in time if that’s the way he’s going to continue.

“If everything was well and good, you’d have your pre-season to work very hard to get up to speed. Then you can just tick along with the training and when you need harder sessions, you do it.

“Because of the way he came in, he has had to try hit the ground running and implement his style in the midst of a season. It is difficult.

“They’re picking up injuries, hamstring tears here and there. He’s obviously not willing to change, this is how he’s going to move on and going forward.

“You have to buy in it because if you don’t, you probably won’t play for him. So it is what it is. He wants to play high aggression, high octane football on the front foot.

“To do that for 90 minutes, you have to be really fit. He’s going to squeeze every bit out of these players.”

Celtic have lost the likes of James Forrest, Kyogo Furuhashi, Albian Ajeti and Jota in recent weeks.

The majority are out with hamstring or other muscular issues.

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