Ange Postecoglou makes priceless remark about Celtic supporters singing his name

By Euan Davidson

February 3, 2022

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou didn’t get to relax after beating Rangers last night.

A seemingly endless barrage of brilliant quotes emerged from the Celtic boss in the aftermath of a colossal derby win. As my esteemed colleague John McGinley shared with you last night, Ange was saying things about the Celtic support that’d bring a tear to the eye of a statue.

The guy just gets it. He has the pulse of the Celtic support, he gets exactly what it means, and he was more entitled than anyone to soak up the adulation at full time. And talking of adulation, he’s made another fantastic quip about the supporters singing his name.

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His surname is undoubtedly a challenge for would-be songwriters out there, with a whopping four syllables. Even ABBA would struggle.

Celtic supporters, though, have managed. And Big Ange has definitely taken notice.

In a brilliiant interview with Kane Cornes of SEN Sports in Australia, Postecoglou said [SEN Sports]: “Anyone who knows me in Australia [knows that] wherever I’ve gone, there’s always a little bit of a question mark against me. Even though I’ve had a lot of success.

“The only thing that’s surprised me is they’ve managed to fit Postecoglou into a song, mate. I thought that would always be impossible.

“A big part of my mission was to get them to believe in me. I said it from day one, my biggest mission was to get everyone to believe in me. Because whatever ideas I had, whatever way I wanted to work or do things, would be meaningless unless people actually believed in me.

“They’ve been fantastic since the first day to be fair. I’m one of theirs and they’ve supported me.”

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Lap it up, big man. It’s well-earned.

Has anyone come into Celtic and been so instantly likeable? The guy has made press conferences must-watch. Every time he talks about the supporters, there’s an earnestness and honour in what he’s saying. He’s right, too, we’ve backed him from day one.

Part of the beauty about all this is that, at heart, we like backing an underdog. We’ve been able to embrace a manager who hadn’t landed a punch in Europe, was doubted across Scotland, and watched as his Celtic side got better and better.

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There’s a unique joy in that. It calls to mind Wim Jansen’s tenure at Celtic; despite achieving what he had in the game, there were still considerable doubts about his suitability to topple Rangers. Mission achieved, and the Dutchman is sadly missed.

There was also going to be a way for Celtic fans to get Postecoglou’s surname into a song. Call it post-win hyperbole if you like, but there is not one fanbase in football more creative than ours. So many songs sung at full volume last night were brand new for this season.

There was a big opportunity here: after last season’s Paradise lock-out, there was a support base willing and ready to make as much noise as possible. The performances on the pitch had to match that.

They have.

So, salutes once again to Ange Postecoglou. He’s one of ours now, and no matter how many syllables there are in his surname, we’ll continue to sing it loudly from the bottom of our lungs.

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