By Noel Whelan

20th Sep, 2022 | 5:30pm

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Noel Whelan has claimed Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou will have “learned a lot” about his fringe players after ringing the changes for the 2-0 loss against St Mirren on Sunday (18 September).

The former Leeds and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 57-year-old must now re-outline his “expectations” to the Hoops players after the loss.

Celtic’s loss against St Mirren came just four days after the 1-1 Champions League draw against Shakhtar Donetsk in Warsaw (14 September).

Josip Juranovic, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Reo Hatate, Matt O’Riley, Jota and Sead Haksabanovic all dropped out of the side which took part in Europe.

Celtic had 80% of the ball and registered 19 shots but couldn’t make their dominance pay in order to maintain their lead atop the Scottish Premiership – which has been cut to two points.

Whelan insisted the Hoops “lost something important” after making wholesale changes to their starting eleven.

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He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “If you take your eye off the ball and make those changes, you’ve got to make sure you win the game.

“I know you’ve got one eye on the Champions League, and I get that – but Postecoglou will be doubting his squad depth now.

“If you make that many changes, you lose something important in your side and it showed against St Mirren.

“It should’ve been a definite win. You don’t expect Celtic and Rangers to drop any points in the Scottish Premiership.

“I expect Postecoglou probably learned a lot about certain players when he made those changes.

“It’s not ideal but now he’s got to bring the players back together, show them the expectations, and show them that they can’t afford to take their foot off the gas.”

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