Ange Postecoglou could miss Celtic crowning moment as he prepares to blank Rangers game for cinema day out

Ange Postecoglou insists he will blank out the Rangers game on Sunday despite knowing it could seal the title for Celtic.

The Parkhead boss watched his side move closer to the Scottish Premiership trophy with a 4-1 romp over Hearts.

Celtic are now nine points clear of their rivals and anything but a victory for the Ibrox side at home to Dundee United on Sunday would see the Hoops crowned champions.

A Gers win would mean Celtic could seal it at Tannadice on Wednesday but despite being on the brink of history, Postecoglou will spend the day with his family on Sunday.

“I’ve said before that my day off is the kids day and apparently there’s a new movie out – The Bad Guys – which is on the agenda so we’ll keen an eye on that,” he told Sky Sports.

But Postecoglou did challenge his players to finish strongly with a couple of games left as trophy day at home to Motherwell follows the Tayside trip.

Celtic had to come from behind after Ellis Simms gave the Jambos a shock lead. Goals from Daizen Maeda, Kyogo, Matt O’Riley and Giorgos Giakoumakis earned the points.

Postecoglou said: “The job’s not done yet but we’re in a great position and I said to the players before the game there’s many ways to hit a finish line but it’s always nicer if you just burst through it and that’s we’re planning to do the last couple of games.

“I’m really proud of the players. We went a goal down which hasn’t happened too often on this run and you always wonder how you’re going to react.

“But they were outstanding again and we played some fantastic football, scored four and should have had another four – Craig Gordon was outstanding.

“It is a test because you understand the ramifications, especially at this time of the year, but I never get the sense with this group that they’re going to veer off course or lost belief in what we’re trying to build.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – MAY 07: Celtic’s Jota at full time during a cinch Premiership match between Celtic and Hearts at Celtic Park, on May 07, 2022, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Rob Casey / SNS Group)

“They’ve done it consistently this year with every challenge thrown at them and the way they have responded today is magnificently.

“The story of our season and our success should it come to us in the next couple of games is that it’s been a collective effort.

“We’ve had some outstanding individual performances but we haven’t had this run on the back of one player or to players – everyone has contributed the whole way through.

“I enjoyed it because you want our fans to feel good. I want them to enjoy it more than anything else.”

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