Ange Postecoglou in brilliant message to Celtic players ahead of crucial run-in

By Euan Davidson

February 26, 2022

Ange Postecoglou has issued a fantastic rallying cry to his Celtic players, telling to “embrace” the challenge of being top and fighting for trophies.

Postecoglou has built an impressive, young Celtic side. Few would’ve expected us to be top of the table at this stage, given the extent of Ange’s rebuild. Yet, the table never lies and it’s given the Celts a platform to do something incredible this season.

Ange argued that his players have had excuses not to succeed. But relentlessness is the keyword for the Greek-Aussie boss.

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Postecoglou said [Daily Record]:”We have had plenty of excuses not to be in the position that we are at this point of year.

“But, as I keep saying, it’s a new group and a rebuild and there is a relentlessness around this club that you have to embrace. What’s happened in the past is not going to buy you grace if you fail in the next step. That’s just part of this club and that’s just what they have to get used to.

“Every week there is a challenge and every week there is an expectation. And there is nothing wrong with that. Just embrace it. I don’t think it’s a case of them thinking that we are ahead of ourselves in any way because they know they have a lot of challenges.

“It’s only hard if you haven’t experienced it before or it’s a new experience. You can talk about it, but people forget there are a lot of guys who are young in terms of age and experience in this group.

“Until you live it, this is why I keep exposing these guys. It’s the only way they will embrace it and understand it. All of them have shown they want to do that, but it doesn’t stop.”

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“It doesn’t stop”. “We don’t stop”. “Just embrace it.”

This is the exact energy this season needed. Celtic needed impetus, ideas and an enthusiasm from a manager in Ange Postecoglou who, specifically, wants to prove himself as Celtic boss.

He’s right, too; the Bhoys could have a litany of excuses for under-performing domestically. We practically had an alternate XI of injured players at points this season. Not only that, most of the squad is brand new, and not just to Scotland either, but a specific situation and way of playing.

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Again, it’s been a remarkable job. Sure, it’d be disappointing if Celtic hadn’t performed as they have this season, but it’d be entirely understandable. And yes, there’s still a lot to be done yet, but this is a situation few of us could’ve expected at this point.

But Ange has said there’s no stopping now. If Scottish football thinks Celtic will relent, they’re in for a rude awakening.

Yes, it’s a young squad. An inexperienced squad. Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou, though, has it spot on; the only way to get better and gain experience is by doing the job.

Handy, then, that this Celtic squad have their sights set on doing just that.

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