"Words in my mouth"; Postecoglou put BBC reporter right at Tynecastle before Celtic kick-off

By John McGinley

July 31, 2021

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou’s first interview with BBC reporter with Kenny Macintyre went exactly as you probably expected.

Macintyre clashed with Neil Lennon a number of times last season as the Celtic season crumbled down around us.

And that same frosty dynamic was apparent tonight, with Postecoglou taking issue with the manner of his questions.

The duo spoke live on BBC Radio Scotland tonight [19:06].

Macintyre asked: “You made it clear you expect more signings and that perhaps you need to be more vocal with the board on that, have you had discussions since the midweek game?”

Postecoglou replied: “No, you’ve just put words in my mouth that I never said. As I’ve said consistently, we do need more players and we’re working hard to bring in more players. Hopefully, over the next week to ten days, we have a couple more to help bolster the squad because we’ve got a heavy programme as well.”

Ange took responsibility, now the Celtic board must do the same

Ange took responsibility, now the Celtic board must do the same
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Macintyre retorted: “Did you not say you need to stress a bit louder about how important it is to get the players in?”

Postecoglou said: “No I said I need to keep influencing and pushing people to get things done. You can interpret that as many ways as you want. From my perspective, everyone’s working really hard to get things done. Hopefully, over the next few days, people will see the fruition of that hard work.”

The BBC man pitched it as a rift between Postecoglou and the Celtic board, while the manager was keen to stress all he’s doing is emphasising how he can influence the recruitment process.

Postecoglou never said anything about the board on Wednesday night.

The manager has already shown multiple times he is not interested in entertaining falses narratives or questions he doesn’t like, so Macintyre might have to get used to this dynamic quickly.

Still, it made for entertaining radio at least.

In other news, Celtic officially launch Japanese Twitter account with Kyogo Furuhashi focus.