Ange Postecoglou continues to send supporters exciting message about Celtic's future
Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has continued to send out the message that this is only phase one for his side as they look to build on this season’s trophy double.
Not many were sure what to expect from this campaign, with such a large rebuilding job that Ange had to oversee.
However, the 56-year old and his players have taken the Hoops back to the top of the pile in Scottish Football, delivering the Scottish Premiership title.
But the Celtic boss isn’t just looking to stop there. Postecoglou has been insistent in recent weeks that this is only the early stages of development for his Hoops side.
Speaking in an interview with Australian journalist David Davutovic, Postecoglou continued to spread that message, opening on the exciting aspects of this Celtic side looking to next year.
When asked how we will evolve this Celtic side, Ange said: “In many ways, it’s still the first year. I said after the game (on Wednesday) that I feel like we have jammed two seasons into one – a rebuilding year and the success which I think we had too.
“But there is so much more growth, the majority, maybe 80% of this group, haven’t done a pre-season with us. Half of them have probably only played half a season in total because of injuries, whether that’s the first half or the second half.
“The football we are playing is obviously just in the first phases of development.
“So, there is so much more growth. But, being a champion helps accelerate that because the players now will feel that little better about themselves and stand a bit taller. They’ve been through a really unbelievable grinding challenge, and they’ve come out on top.
“So, that gives me the ammunition to say ‘boys, we can push on here’ to something special, and I think the players will have that. So there is definitely more layers to it.”
As Ange mentions, many of these players haven’t had the opportunity to experience a pre-season under the former Socceroos boss, which is an exciting prospect for the Celtic support.
This season we have witnessed some brilliant, free-flowing attacking football. So, if this is just the start under Ange, then his Celtic side will be looking in good shape heading into next season.
That isn’t even factoring in the possibility of more quality arrivals in the summer transfer window to bolster the strength and depth in the squad.
It is very much an exciting time to be a Celtic fan with Ange at the helm.
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