Ange Postecoglou's brilliant 'mate' response to hyped-up nonsense about tonight's Celtic game

By John McGinley

February 24, 2022

You’d think Celtic were playing on a different planet the way some people are going on about the team’s trip to face Norwegian champions Bodo/Glimt in the UEFA Europa Conference League tonight.

Their manager Kjetil Knutsen claimed it would be the most extreme weather that Celtic have ever faced in his pre-match press conference.

For Ange Postecoglou, it’s all much ado about nothing as he preps his squad for the encounter. He’s not having this idea the weather is conspiring against his team.

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As quoted The Daily Record, the Celtic boss said: “Nah mate, we’ll be all right. People get a little bit carried away with this type of stuff. Trust me, I was involved with the national team mate and we went from playing in zero degrees to 45 degrees humidity in the Middle East in 24 hours, so I know all about it.

“From our perspective, we’ll make sure our players are ready to perform. It’s not about anything that extreme, we don’t have to go to altitude or anything. It’s just conditions we need to deal with – and we will. There are no easy solutions.

“Us flying there today and having a session on their pitch is going to make absolutely zero difference. Us being here, getting a good training session with the boys, getting them prepared for a difficult game tomorrow, is much more important to me.

“It’s always a challenge with different conditions and with the pitch being artificial, all those things come into it. Like everything else, it’s stuff we need to deal with and at the end of the day it’s all about how we perform and making sure that we don’t allow any other factors to stop us from playing the type of football we want to play.”

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There is no doubt conditions tonight aren’t exactly conducive to free-flowing football.

Snow and wind are forecast at the stadium, with the temperature hovering just below freezing.

Celtic play in Scotland though. It’s not as if it’s roasting here during the summer months. Wind, rain and temperatures are often difficult here between November and February. I doubt Celtic will be thrown too far off their game.

It’s certainly no excuse and it’s pleasing to hear Postecoglou isn’t entertaining using the weather as one. The Bhoys have to get on with it and produce a big performance.

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