Ange Postecoglou shows his class after celebrating Celtic icon Tommy Burns

By Euan Davidson

November 10, 2021

It would probably be easier for Ange Postecoglou if he remained somewhat detached from the Celtic story.

If he wanted, Postecoglou could focus solely on the present, picking the best players and tactics to win games of football for Celtic Football Club. Instead, we don’t have a manager like that.

The Greek-Aussie seems legitimately interested in the stories and the songs, the past, present and future. But not only that, the manager is intent on making friends and showing his support wherever he goes as Celtic boss. That came to the fore last night, after a performance of The Tommy Burns Story.

Currently being performed at Paradise’s Kerrydale Suite, The Tommy Burns Story shares the tale of the “supporter who got lucky”. Of course, Burns was a fan, a player, a legend and then a manager.

His relentless attacking football followed ‘The Celtic Way’ he grew up watching. As a manager, Burns was desperately unlucky not to win the 95-96 title. His side only lost one game all season.

Burns would return to Celtic as a coach and head of youth development, but his life was tragically cut short in 2008. The impact he left on the club he loved was enormous.

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Postecoglou came to watch his predecessor being immortalised on the stage, and then stuck around to meet the actors. The play ended with – of course – a standing ovation.

The Tommy Burns Story, written by Davie Carswell, is directed by Felix O’Brien, stars Liam Harkins as the legendary ex-Celt. The cast also includes Sarah-Louise Greer, James McAnerny, Ruaridh Forde and Jim Brown.

It’s running at the Kerrydale Suite until the 13th of November.

A brilliant gesture from Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou

Foremost, we have a manager who just seems to be a really decent human being. That’s utterly integral.

He’s probably astounded by the reaction he’s got from supporters already. Perhaps it’s in how he is with fans, the positivity of Celtic’s play under him, and the difference between this season and last.

Either way, he’s ingratiated himself immediately. Gestures like these count for a lot. He just seems so fascinated with the history of the club, something he knew a lot about before taking over.

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He had an absolutely gigantic job on his hands with Celtic. Building an attacking, entertaining side from the rubble he was handed in the summer really is something we’ll look back on with awe. Especially, that is, if Celtic win silverware this season.

For now, it’s great to see Ange Postecoglou enjoying life at the club. He’s getting involved in events led by supporters, and making himself even more popular.

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