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Postecoglou in seventh heaven with Celtic

Ange Postecoglou has watched Celtic rack up his biggest win as boss and then insisted there was still more to come from his side as they home in on the Scottish title.

A 7-0 thrashing of St Johnstone, on a day that Japan striker Kyogo Furuhashi returned to action for the first time since Boxing Day following his recovery from a hamstring injury, took the Hoops nine points clear of Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Goals from Reo Hatate, Giorgos Giakoumakis and Daizen Maeda on Saturday had the points secure by halftime at Parkhead before a Josip Juranovic penalty, Matt O’Riley double and Liel Abada strike completed the rout.

But former Socceroos boss Postecoglou believes his side can get even better.

“That’s been our mantra all year, to be better than the week before,” said the Australian, who revealed Giakoumakis had tweaked his hamstring and would be assessed ahead of next week’s Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers at Hampden.

“That is what we have been building towards.

“We are getting some good weeks into training because there are no midweek games, so those things are in our favour in terms of hopefully producing our best football.

“But it’s not like they just roll out there and it just happens. They worked their socks off today.

Postecoglou welcomed back Furuhashi, who was given a huge cheer when he came on for Jota in the second half.

However, the Hoops boss is unlikely to start him in the Cup against Rangers.

“I’m pleased for him because he is a great guy and a super footballer,” said Postecoglou, who’s still not getting carried away with Celtic’s dominant position, with Rangers able to narrow the gap to six again with a win on Sunday against St Mirren.

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