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Haley pleased with early positive signs

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By Colette Carr

With five games gone and 12 points out of a possible 15, assistant manager David Haley commended his side’s enviable start to the season.

Following the opening day 2-0 defeat to champions Glasgow City, the Celts have kicked on to secure maximum points in the games since, scoring 18, conceding just two more and securing three cleansheets.

And with that strong defensive foundation that has infused its way throughout the squad, Haley explained that that group mentality could pay dividends.

“We’re defending really well as a team and that was evident throughout the Rangers game - you don’t keep a cleansheet against Rangers without having a strong team mentality and team ethic,” he said.

“We’ve got that all over the park. It’s not just the keeper who has made some great saves, it’s not just the back four who have put their bodies on the line to block shots, but it's a team unit - the midfielders being close to the defenders, the strikers being close to midfielders and all working together. I think we saw the best of that against Rangers, but there were signs of that against Spartans and Hearts as well.”

Celtic have so far only conceded against sides who finished above them last term with Glasgow City and Hibs grabbing two apiece against the Hoops, and while Haley has been impressed with their response to their only defeat so far, he warns there is still a long way to go. 

He said: “It was a disappointing result at the start of the season, but to be honest, we are where we thought we maybe would be in terms of how we knew the first game was always going to be difficult given the time we had to prepare properly, but now we are in a good way and we can hopefully continue that on. 

“It’s obviously still quite early and you still want to work on things. You’re never going to get it, but you want to perfect things, so it’s the challenge of continuing to work and trying to get as close as you can. There’s still a long way to go and we’ll continue to keep working.

“As long as we continue to work and keep that team ethos, then we can go places.”

Celtic play Forfar Farmington on Sunday December 6 at K-Park in a 2pm kick-off. 


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