Ange Postecoglou delivers Celtic fighting talk ahead of Premiership opener vs Hearts

By John McGinley

July 31, 2021

Ange Postecoglou is “very, very confident” that Celtic will be challenging for honours come the end of the season, speaking ahead of the clash vs Hearts.

There’s a lot of anxiety surrounding the Bhoys at the moment. From undeniable lack of preparation from the Celtic board, to our Champions League exit, it’s not been a great week to be a supporter.

However, Postecoglou has a genuine belief that the team will be making a competitive push for trophies this season.

He was in no mood to write off the team’s chances ahead of tonight’s Scottish Premiership opener.

Speaking to The Scottish Daily Mail [31/07 print edition, back page], the Bhoys boss said: “I don’t try to navigate a path where success comes in the second year. Wherever I’ve been, I’ve tried to be successful in the first year, though sometimes circumstances haven’t helped me in that. I definitely think we’ll get better as the season goes on and we’ll be stronger. But that doesn’t mean that rules us out of being successful in the league.

“I really believe that with the group of players we have and the additions we’re going to bring in, we’ll hopefully get off to a good start in the league. And I’m very, very confident we’ll be challenging for honours at the end of the year.”

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Celtic fans have rarely been so desperate for a win than vs Hearts

It’s kind of stating the obvious a bit, but tonight’s match at Tynecastle is absolutely massive. Postecoglou’s team have yet to pick up a win and everyone is needing the morale boost of a victory over the Jam Tarts in their own backyard.

Kicking off the season with three points really would settle a few nerves and allow Postecoglou get on with the business of strengthening the squad without the constant drama of ‘turmoil’.

Its fair to say that Celtic supporters have taken to Postecoglou. I have, certainly. I love his honesty, his demeanour with the press and his vision for a progressive, attacking football team. Delivering on the pitch tonight would only add to the optimism, away from the uncertainty about the clubs long-term future under this current board.

Come on Celtic!

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