Ange Postecoglou speaks on his Celtic "privilege"; the boss gets it

By Euan Davidson

December 18, 2021

Just when you think it’s impossible to be more impressed by Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou, he says something else that will chime with supporters.

A man who chooses his words carefully, Postecoglou was presented to us someone with a reputation of being gruff and uncompromising. Sure, it’s true to a degree, but Ange has consistently hit the mark on some important issues.

When incidents of discrimination came to the fore, Ange spoke up. He eloquently talked about the influence of Celtic legend Tommy Burns. Then, when Lisbon Lion Bertie Auld passed away, he showed that he got what the Celtic supporters wanted.

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Time and again, he’s got the occasion spot on. And so, with the Premier Sports Cup Final tomorrow, the Celtic boss has again found the right words to describe his responsibility and feelings about leading the Bhoys out.

Ange said [Herald]: “It’s an honour for me just to be in this position looking at the people who have graced this position before me.

“I think that’s where the privilege lies for me.

“Sunday is more of a responsibility than a privilege, because when you do take this position that’s what you are expected to do, get this football club to the big occasions and bring success to it. That’s the precedent set by the people [who have managed the club before].

“I feel privileged every day that I’m in this position. On Sunday I’ll feel the responsibility of trying to bring success to this football club, and continuing the great traditions of the managers of the past.”

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It’d be easy to write this off as fan lip service, if Ange hadn’t set a precedent of his own. He doesn’t garnish his stories, exaggerate or make false claims. If anything, Ange Postecoglou has been too honest for some journalists and critics to handle.

He’s been refreshing in that sense. But with a Cup Final tomorrow, Postecoglou is playing the occasion just right. He gets what this means, even if there isn’t a frenzied build-up to the Premier Sports Cup reaching its conclusion.

Winning silverware tomorrow would mean an awful lot to him, as well it should. It’d be his first dent on the domestic scene, and would help in setting another precedent; one where Celtic win prizes under his leadership.

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We’ve seen what it can do for Celtic managers in the past. Wim Jansen, Martin O’Neill and Brendan Rodgers will all tell you how important that first trophy win can be. In terms of the league season, in terms of morale, in terms of the CV; everything.

The big man continues to earn plaudits from supporters. There’s legitimate adoration for him, something we’ve not seen the likes of in a long time. Even Brendan Rodgers wasn’t this beloved, you could argue.

Recognising the history and the accomplishments that came before him helps. And it should be all the motivation he and his players need in the Premeier Sports Cup Final tomorrow.

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