"The hardest challenge"; Ange Postecoglou's honest Celtic admission

By Lewis Laird

June 10, 2022

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has insisted that his first season in charge of the Hoops was the ‘hardest challenge’ he has faced as a manager.

The 56-year-old has enjoyed a successful managerial career across the globe in Japan, Australia and the Socceroos national team.

Almost every side Postecoglou has managed, he has picked up silverware, and that was no different at Celtic after delivering a league and cup double last season.

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Ange has previously taken the Australian national team to a rare trophy and delivered title success with Yokohama for the first time in 14 years.

However, the Celtic manager has described his first season at Celtic as his toughest challenge yet, as he opened up on the emotions he felt after winning his second trophy at Parkhead.

He said [Sky Sports]: “I’ve been really fortunate to have a lot of success. But this is definitely the hardest challenge I’ve ever had and the hardest year I’ve ever had.

“There’s just a sense of relief that it’s done, and I remember I did an interview with Luke (Shanley) after the (Dundee United) game; I couldn’t really put it into words exactly what was the strongest emotion.

“There were a million emotions, but what was the overriding one? I didn’t know; it was just like a mixture of everything.

“I think looking back now in the way we finished off the last game; I think there was a part of me that just said, no, I don’t want this to be the full stop.

“This year was about building the first foundation of a team that I hope will be competing and successful in the Premiership for the next few years, and my role is to make us better next year. We need to be better.

“It’s the same in the Champions League. Our role is to get there and make an impact, but it’s not about making an impact next year, it’s about building a team that will continuingly make an impact, and that takes time.”

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Sky Sports confirm more Ange content for Celtic fans ahead of next season

It may only have been a short snippet of an interview with Ange. But as always, the former Socceroos boss will have everyone loving what he has to say.

The Celtic manager was clearly emotional about winning the Premiership title after a long gruelling first season in charge, which will be remembered for years to come.

Before our thinking turns to the 2022/23 campaign, Sky Sports have announced some more brilliant content looking back at last season, including interviews with both Postecoglou and Callum McGregor.

I am sure Celtic fans will be looking forward to catching those next Thursday, reminiscing one last time about last campaign, before the focus switches to pre-season in a few weeks’ time.

In other news, “We’re not going to be in a race with them”; Ange Postecoglou’s brilliant comments on Celtic rivalry.