Ange Postecoglou delighted to deliver "a moment that will stand the test of time" for Celtic hero

By Lewis Laird

June 11, 2022

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has expressed his delight at being able to pay the ‘perfect’ tribute for departing duo Nir Bitton and Tom Rogic.

The two midfielders have been mainstays in Celtic squads across their nine-year stay at Parkhead during an extremely successful period in the club’s history.

However, both players called time on their stay in Glasgow this summer, choosing to challenge themselves elsewhere.

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On the final day of the season, Bitton and Rogic were handed a tremendous send-off as they played their last game in the green and white Hoops.

The Celtic duo were visibly emotional at bringing their time with the club to an end, along with several supporters in the crowd.

Speaking in a recent interview, the Celtic manager revealed his delight at being able to hand the two players a send-off during the 6-0 win over Motherwell, after all the success they had achieved with the club.

He said [Sky Sports]: “I love the ending we’ve given Tom Rogic and Nir Bitton. Especially Tom as there’s an association. Watching him walking off and saying goodbye, the emotion.

“I think that’s a moment that will stand the test of time and it’s not just a football moment, but it’s what I love about football.

“Football is pretty much an extension of life and at that moment you see a player who has done unbelievable things but he’s also a human being.

“You see the effect of this game, that I’m so passionate about, can have on people. You couldn’t have scripted it that way but it ended up falling in our lap that it could be the perfect ending.”

Phase two of the Ange Postecoglou era well underway

The second phase of Ange Postecoglou’s work at Celtic is well underway.

We have already seen the Celtic manager offload a few players, including Vasilis Barkas and Luca Connell, whilst also overseeing the exits of Bitton and Rogic.

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Both midfielders played a huge part in the success of last season. But, there still remained the question surrounding whether we could have upgraded in that position to replace either of them.

Although it was emotional to see the duo depart, this summer is probably the best time for all parties to move on.

After the official purchase of Cameron Carter-Vickers, Ange Postecoglou’s focus will now be to add players in that area of the park ahead of another big season in the Parkhead dugout.

In other news, Report: The clubs Vasilis Barkas was offered to before inevitable Celtic exit.