Ange Postecoglou discusses managing at Celtic Park for the first time

By David Walton

July 15, 2021

Ange Postecoglou has been discussing managing in front of fans for the first time at Celtic Park ahead of Saturday’s pre-season encounter.

The Hoops will take to Parkhead for their fourth warm-up game ahead of next week’s UCL qualifier vs Midjylland. The opposition will be Championship side Preston North End.

Celtic have found the going competitive in their first three pre-season outings. All of those matches have also come against second-tier English sides. However, all three have come down south.

Saturday will represent Postecoglou’s first ever game managing at Parkhead. And it’s fair to say he sounds like he’s looking forward to it.

Speaking to Celtic TV post-match, the boss said: “I’m obviously excited about it but I think the whole group is.

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“Obviously it’ll be my first experience – albeit with 2,000 there but I’m sure they’ll make a lot more noise than just 2,000.

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“But to be honest I think the whole playing group and all the staff are looking forward to being back at Celtic Park and, more importantly, having some supporters in there.”

Ange Postecoglou Celtic Park debut gives squad a big opportunity

The game with Preston North End is big for the club in several ways. Mainly because it allows the new players to experience Parkhead for the first time before a crucial European game there. It’s also ideal for everyone else to get a feel of the of the stadium again before Midtjylland.

You then have the fact it’s Ange’s first game in front of supporters. Even if it’s only going to be 2,000 in attendance, it’s a colossal step. There haven’t been any fans at Parkhead since March 2020.

Postecoglou will be walking into a stadium that will certainly sound as if it’s holding more than 2,000. Finally, an opportunity for some of the Parkhead faithful to welcome him into the gig.

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It allows the manager to get a nice taster ahead of next Tuesday. We would all hope Celtic can manage to bring in 18k-20k for the Midtjylland clash. So using the Preston match to introduce himself to life at Parkhead would be ideal.

And for fans it’ll just be brilliant for them to get back into the famous old stadium once again. It’s been too long since supporters have been able to sample the Parkhead atmosphere.

There are plenty of reasons as to why this Saturday’s game will be interesting to watch. Here’s hoping we get back on the winning trail.

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