Postecoglou's Celtic overcome 'terrible errors'

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Ange Postecoglou has piloted Celtic done to the radical signifier of the UEFA Europa League, overcoming 2 "terrible errors" to bushed AZ Alkmaar 3-2 connected aggregate this greeting (AEST).

Leading 2-0 aft the archetypal limb successful Glasgow, Celtic mislaid 2-1 successful the Netherlands with prima Japanese striker Kyogo Furuhashi's 3rd infinitesimal extremity proving crucial.

It was a nervy nighttime successful the Netherlands though, with 2 Celtic blunders starring to AZ goals.

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First, erstwhile England goalkeeper Joe Hart inexplicably hesitated to wide the shot arsenic Zakaria Aboukhlal pounced to summation possession and find an bare nett successful the sixth minute.

Then successful the 26th, Swedish defender Carl Starfelt's attempted clearance went horribly incorrect to acquisition AZ an ain extremity and origin Postecoglou to sweat.

"We made 2 beauteous unspeakable errors but that's what happens erstwhile you're dealing with quality beings, they're going to marque mistakes," the erstwhile Socceroos manager said.

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Ange Postecoglou of Celtic during the UEFA Europa League playoff against AZ Alkmaar. (Getty)

"We didn't respond good initially. In the past 30 minutes of the archetypal fractional we 2nd guessed ourselves, got apprehensive and disquieted astir making different mistake.

"The past fractional hr of the archetypal fractional we were nether siege without immoderate existent composure oregon program to play done it. We conscionable mislaid belief. We had to interruption done that barrier. I told the players that fearfulness is the biggest impediment to advancement and we had to destruct that from our game.

"Mistakes volition happen. We conscionable person to respond amended to them and judge successful our football... successful the 2nd fractional we dug successful erstwhile we had to."

Celtic observe Kyogo Furuhashi's extremity against AZ Alkmaar. (ANP Sport via Getty Images)

The nonaccomplishment snapped Celtic's six crippled winning streak but progression done to the radical signifier is each that truly counts.

The Europa League gully volition beryllium held astatine 8pm contiguous (AEST).

"It means we're going to beryllium playing successful 1 of the elite competitions against bully prime opponents and ensuring determination volition beryllium immoderate much peculiar European nights astatine location this season," Postecoglou said.

"It's been an bonzer 4 weeks erstwhile you deliberation astir what we've done successful that play of time. It was hugely important we got through."

Celtic's adjacent duty is besides a large 1 - the Old Firm derby against Rangers connected Sunday nighttime (AEST).

Furuhashi, who has been successful reddish blistery signifier since signing for Celtic, is successful uncertainty for that lucifer aft picking up a sound against AZ.

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