Ange Postecoglou on what people need from him as a Celtic leader
After the disappointments of the 2020/21 season, Celtic fans weren’t really sure what to expect from this campaign.
The appointment of Ange Postecoglou eventually brought some excitement due to the 56-year olds style of play and passion for football.
However, the club still had to undergo a significant rebuild of its playing staff, and it took until September for this Celtic side to really kick on.
From there, they mounted an incredible run out with the supporter’s expectations, which also saw the Hoops deliver the Premiership title.
The expectation of winning the league title back may not have been in the minds of the Celtic fans but Ange Postecoglou always had hope.
The former Socceroos boss was certainly expecting his team to be a good footballing side once he got to work at Parkhead.
Speaking in a recent interview, Postecoglou opened up on what his expectations were at the beginning of the campaign, stating that he had massive belief in his work and the players.
He said [Rowey’s Sports Show]: “No, I didn’t (surprise myself) because I think I would have found it hard to accomplish what we did. When you’re the leader, people need to believe in you, and I think people needed to see in me that I really felt we could do this.
“If it was just all smoke and mirrors, and I didn’t have belief in myself, then I think half the time people would see through that.
“But I had a real conviction. I didn’t know whether we would end up champions, but I had a conviction that we could have a good shake at it this year; we could be a good football team and challenge for it. That’s been the focus all year.
“I also understood that this is a football club, which is steeped in success. Last year it didn’t win anything, and we couldn’t go two years without having some sort of success. So, I knew that it was on me to make sure that we delivered.”
Postecoglou will rise to the higher expectations next season.
Even after getting off to a stuttering start, losing our first three away games in the league, Celtic fans could already see what Postecoglou was trying to do at the club.
From his first few months in charge, you could tell that Ange was going to be a success in Glasgow, and that was backed up by delivering two trophies during his first season in the dugout.
Of course, the expectations of his side will be much higher going into next season.
However, the Celtic boss will be relishing that challenge, making sure his players are ready to go heading into next season.
After such a disrupted first campaign in charge, it is exciting to think what Postecoglou will now do with a base to build from and time on his hands.