Ange Postecoglou cuts the Celtic tension with the perfect title race response for any nervous supporters

By John McGinley

April 22, 2022

At today’s Celtic press conference, I wanted words of wisdom from manager Ange Postecoglou. And I got them.

It’s been a tense week for supporters in the wake of a derby defeat to Rangers. I think everyone recognises we’re on the brink of a league title win, but the natural anxiety that occurs when we’re all so close to the prize is all around us.

If you’re anything like me, I’m sure you’ve had a few worried friends running through every permutation of what’s ahead over the next few weeks even though we’re in a strong position.

Asked about how we all collectively deal with that over the next few weeks in the title race, Postecoglou gave a playful thrill ride analogy but also made it clear this is what makes football great for him.

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He told 67 Hail Hail: “Just like you’re beginning the ride on the scariest roller-coaster you’ve ever been on, mate. Hope that it all ends well but enjoy the ride and all the ups and downs.

“It’s part of the nature of wanting to play our football a certain way, be a certain kind of team. I don’t think it’s unhealthy for people to feel anxious or nervous. That’s why we love it.

“Some people will say if you guarantee us the next five games and we’re champions, everyone would be happy. But I reckon they’d be a little bit bored as well. The excitement of football and sport and supporting a team is that it is a little bit of that unknown, that we are on the edge.

“When you get the success that you deserve you’ll enjoy it so much more because you know you’ll have been a little bit white-knuckled a fair way through it. You’ll remember that. You’ll remember the highs and the lows.

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“The last thing I want is our supporters to be flatlining, just to be clapping at the end of a game and then going home and not thinking about it.

“I’m sure it’s been a tough week for our supporters. We understand that and take responsibility. I know the players and everyone at the football club, we want to make our supporters feel better about themselves over the coming week.

“So, I’m not guaranteeing you anything mate, but hopefully when you get off the ride at the end you feel like it’s been worth it.”

Enjoy it. Embrace it. Get right up for it. This is what the manager is telling us today. He fully recognises there will be nervous moments ahead, a bit of supporter worry and all that entails.

But he’s letting us all know this is the bit he thrives on. This is why he manages football clubs. He is hardly going to come out and say this title is ours, but at the same time, you feel confidence from him.

The next few weeks are massive and Postecoglou wants to bring us all along on the ride with the team.

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