Irked Ange challenges BBC reporter's Celtic Park booing narrative live on radio

By John McGinley

October 30, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou took issue with a line of questioning from BBC reporter Jane Lewis today after the 0-0 draw at home to Livingston.

The Bhoys suffered a frustrating afternoon up against a deeply defensive away side, before blowing a golden chance to win the points with a penalty in stoppage time.

Celtic supporters were audibly frustrated and Lewis asked Postecoglou for his thoughts on supporters booing after the match, but the manager wasn’t happy.

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He said on BBC Radio Scotland [17:15]: “Are you saying they were booing us? Were they towards us?

“I didn’t feel that. I think the supporters were understanding and just as frustrated as the players. I wouldn’t expect them to be euphoric after the game. I think they’d be just as frustrated as we are.

“If they were booing us I didn’t get the impression, maybe I didn’t hear them.”

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I think it’s more likely that any booing or jeering was a result of annoyance at the result and how the game panned out, rather than specifically targeted to players or coaching staff. Emotions were running high towards the end.

Ange clearly doesn’t feel the supporters are turning against the team. Today was another sell-out at Celtic Park, one of many this season. Fans are on board with the direction of travel under the manager, despite today’s disappointment.

Obviously good results need to come consistently to keep the majority onside, but it’s too soon to be hurling questions about stadium booing and what it means at the Celtic boss in my view.

In other news, Ange reacts to frustrating day for Celtic; explains Giakoumakis penalty decision.