Ange Postecoglou sends class, defiant message after Celtic defeat

By Euan Davidson

September 16, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has scoffed at the idea of shutting up shop, even against strong opposition.

The successful, attack-minded manager has enjoyed the adoration of Japanese and Australian supporters. Part of that adulation has been down to a fearlessness, and refusal to play anything but enterprising, positive football.

Again, he made his agenda clear. After a difficult, nail-biter of a loss against Real Betis, the Celtic manager was defiant.

While the result itself was tough to take, Postecoglou knows there’s something in this squad. And rather than bowing to the reputations of European sides, he wants to give them a bloody nose.

Postecoglou said [Clyde 1]:

“You come to these games to measure yourself, you can come here and shy away from the fight, try to get a nil-all draw and you never really know how far away you are from being top-quality opposition.

“Celtic are a very important team for us” | Real Betis fan Enrique Roldán

“Celtic are a very important team for us” | Real Betis fan Enrique Roldán

“We decided we wanted to take the game to a good team tonight, and I don’t think there was much between the sides.

“They won. But there was an equal amount of chances for both sides. For large parts of the game, I think we looked more threatening.”

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou remains steadfast in his beliefs after European debut

Ange Postecoglou and his Celtic revolution will have its growing pains. But staying the course seems worth it.

For much of this game, Celtic were impressive on the ball, constantly looking to work opportunities, and at 2-0 up, it was ours to lose. Of course, that’s exactly what happened.

However, defensive frailties can be worked on. What’s much harder is instilling a positive culture at a football club. Especially one that’s been hastily assembled over a whirlwind summer.

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It’s about tweaking what isn’t working at the back. No doubt, Postecoglou has been hamstrung by injuries, and when he has a full squad to work with, we’ll get a better sense of this crop’s potential.

But hearing Postecoglou remain steadfast in his assertions about the way football should be played after a defeat takes some guts. With a press pack assembled to pick holes, the Celtic manager maintains that it was better to go down fighting than to meekly surrender to a team we could’ve beaten.

If you ask me, that’s the Celtic way. And if we stay faithful in this manager, the signs suggest we could be looking back on nights like tonight as a footnote in a much bigger story.

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