11 competitive games have come and gone since Ange Postecoglou took charge of Celtic.

Six wins, four losses and a solitary draw point towards a somewhat underwhelming start, but the reality is quite the opposite.

A rampant, aggressive and attacking style of football has been implemented amid a squad overhaul. Odsonne Edouard and Ryan Christie were both given considerable game time before moving on at the end of the window but by the time next Saturday's game against Ross County kicks off, there is potential for at least six, and maybe more, new faces to be in the starting line-up. The usual suspects likely to remain are Stephen Welsh, Greg Taylor (fitness dependant) and the three central midfielders unless James McCarthy starts. 

Some have featured heavily throughout the majority of matches and thrived, some have blown hot and cold like a confused air conditioning system, while some are taking a bit longer than was probably hoped to get up to speed with the Australian professor's new ground rules.

You'll know if you're a subscriber but, after each match, our writers at the Celtic Way collate detailed player ratings and assess individual performances. With the international break weirdly coming at a bad time for the team despite two consecutive defeats to AZ Alkmaar and Rangers, let's break down how our writers have judged each player so far and find out their average rating for the season. It's worth mentioning, appearances from the bench not long enough to warrant more than a two or three, are removed from the tallies.

Joe Hart - 8 starts, 6.5

Hart replaced Scott Bain after the opening day defeat to Hearts and is comfortably the first-choice goalkeeper at the club. His debut against Jablonec saw the concession of two goals, with his speed of thought brought into question for the Czech side's first. Since then, he's made important saves including both legs against AZ Alkmaar, especially at Parkhead when his extended leg stopped the Dutch outfit from taking the lead early in the game. His confidence, leadership and presence as well as shot-stopping are a welcome addition to the Celtic rearguard. The former three traits on display in the closing minutes of the 2-0 victory over AZ when he ran to Postecoglou to express concern and sprinted to relay new information to the outfield players during a break in play. He started with three ratings of six, but four of his last five appearances have warranted a seven.

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Anthony Ralston - 11 starts, 6.8

The only realistic candidate for the right-back slot all season has been Ralston, but that's now changed after the arrival of Josip Juranovic. However, the 22-year-old has grown into the shirt during the opening 11 matches and has scored twice in four league games. Forever on the periphery under Brendan Rodgers and Neil Lennon, Ralston is making the most of the chance to impress a third manager and has adapted impressively to the new inverted full-back system. He started the season fairly well and in the last few weeks raised his game, even more, earning two ratings of eight against AZ Alkmaar and Rangers. Josip Juranovic's place on the right side of the defence is no foregone conclusion for the time being.

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Stephen Welsh - 9 starts, 6.9

He's supposed to be the apprentice, but after breaking into the team last season and often impressing in a side in complete disarray, Welsh has increased his levels further. We'll come to his Swedish partner in crime, but when Christopher Jullien regains fitness it will be intriguing to see if it's Welsh who makes way because for now, it's hay he's been making. His attraction to the ball, man and thunderous challenges perhaps still needs tempering but he is growing into an assured centre-half who has quickly become more than a backup youngster. He played superbly in the home win over AZ, often quick upstairs and downstairs to read and intervene when others slipped up.

Carl Starfelt - 9 appearances, 6

The Swede hasn't seamlessly slotted in, but there's some goodwill in the tank for the new arrival considering he's learning a new style of play, with strangers, in an unfamiliar league and new country. A tough debut at Tynecastle was followed up domestically with two training sessions against Dundee and St Mirren in which Celtic were superb. The issue, for now, seems to be some of the mind blanks can't be associated with any of the mitigating factors above, exhibit A being his own goal in the Netherlands. Mistakes happen though and they shouldn't become weekly occurrences.

Nir Bitton - 3 starts, 4.6

Admittedly, it's a small sample size, but this season hasn't gone well for Bitton. His petulant sending off in the first leg against Midtjylland wasn't ideal, nor was the fact he started in the opening day defeat to Hearts despite being rated at six. His most recent appearance this season came in the first leg against Jablonec in which he assisted Kyogo for his first goal. His standing in the pecking order for central midfield and centre-half, where there are four players ahead of him, means it's hard to say how often he'll feature this season. 

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Greg Taylor - 9 starts, 6.3 

Taylor never seems to have time on his side as far as a number of the support are concerned. He's adapting to a new system the same way Ralston is on the opposite flank, although it's fair to say hasn't impacted games as heavily as his team-mate. He was given a rating of 8 in the recent rout of St Mirren, his only rating higher than seven so far this season.

Ismaila Soro - 4 starts, 6.5 

Soro has found game time limited with the usage of Callum McGregor as a single-pivot. A couple of seven ratings at home to Midtjylland and Jablonec sandwich sixes against Hearts and Midtjylland, away from home. Since the first leg in the Czech Republic, he hasn't started and his fleeting sub appearances, three of them, average a rating of four.

Callum McGregor - 11 starts, 6.9 

Right on the threshold of the rating that is universally accepted as the epitome of consistency, McGregor has taken on the captaincy and sole pivot role in one swoop. Dropping into inside half-spaces to receive the ball and build play, McGregor hasn't slipped below a six all season according to our writers and has achieved an eight twice. During Celtic's blistering run of performances and results before the tricky double-header last week, McGregor flourished as a calming influence but always at the centre of the team's universe.

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David Turnbull - 11 starts, 6.4

"Flashes of brilliance" is probably fair, not least his hattrick against St Mirren in the 6-0 thumping. Started fairly slowly and drew concern from some about his suitability for Ange's ideology, before growing into it impressively. Quiet games against AZ Alkmaar and Rangers, both resulting in ratings of five, have left a wish for Turnbull to showcase his talent and desire in the most important games.

Tom Rogic - 5 starts, 6.6

A comforting and satisfying sight for Celtic supporters has been the resurgence of "Tommy". Working under his compatriot, with whom he has a prior relationship from the Australian national team, Rogic seems to be the preferred choice alongside David Turnbull in the advanced midfield role, starting five times and appearing from the bench on a further three occasions. His starts have been mainly impressive with three seven ratings and one eight, against Hearts in the League Cup, and he got in on the act during the 6-0 win against Dundee. Nature is healing.

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James Forrest - 6 starts, 6.6 

Made important contributions in both legs against Jablonec before injury stunted his return to fitness, causing him to miss Celtic's three most recent games. Liel Abada's arrival gives competition for the right-wing place but after a nightmare campaign last season, Forrest looks like he'll be just fine under Postecoglou. He's featured on the left as well though when Kyogo's been prioritised through the middle but the arrivals of Jota and Giakoumakis may limit how often that happens from now on.

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Liel Abada - 9 starts, 6.3 

In a similar vein to Turnbull, we've seen moments suggesting just how talented the young Israeli is. Goals against FC Midtjylland, on his debut, Jablonec and a double against St Mirren have him flying out the traps and although he had underwhelming performances against AZ and Rangers, there's no conspiracy leaning towards a false start. His level dropped against them, earning a five and four respectively, but he's also had a couple of eights so far this season. It's just about consistency and heart.

Kyogo Furuhashi - 8 starts, 7.3 

It won't come as a great surprise to learn the little striker is Celtic's most impressive player this season according to our writers. His goal against Jablonec on his first start was a sign of things to come and immediately preceded his hattrick against Dundee which endeared him to the Celtic support instantly. His ratings of six against AZ Alkmaar and Rangers are the only times he's dropped to that level since he started in Glasgow, with his rating of nine against Dundee the highest any player has achieved. His style of breaking the last line of defence has Celtic fans on the edge of their seats and his humility is an example for all. The Japanese international is scoring goals in important games and will tear the Scottish Premiership, and maybe even the Europa League group stage, apart if he stays fit this season.


Some other players still at the club have pulled on the jersey this season but not featured prominently enough to warrant an average rating. Adam Montgomery has come off the bench five times and played the majority of the second-leg against AZ Alkmaar when he replaced the injured Greg Taylor and is coping admirably for having little time to impact games. Dane Murray earned two sevens for his appearances against Midtjylland, one of which was from the bench after Bitton's red card, but hasn't featured since. James McCarthy's input has been a couple of sub-ons, while Bain and Barkas have both dipped to a rating, 5, that Hart hasn't stooped to.