Ange Postecoglou vigorously defends Celtic position as he takes aim at media narrative

By David Walton

September 26, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has offered a vigorous defence of where his team is at as he hit out at the Scottish media narrative over the title race.

The Hoops are off to a dreadful start in the Premiership title race. Currently sitting seventh in the table, Postecoglou has won only three of seven league games. We’ve yet to pick up a single win away from home, whilst we’ve already lost to Rangers and Hearts.

However, this has all happened in the midst of an injury crisis that’s ravaging the club. Not to mention the fact Celtic are still in the very early stages of Postecoglou’s rebuild. The title looks far away from the Hoops at the moment, but nobody will be giving anything up with a six-point deficit in play.

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Ange Postecoglou has taken a dig at the Scottish media as he hit out at any narrative that the title is all but over even this early on.

Speaking via Clyde 1, Postecoglou said: “I know people are wanting to push me on some kind of ledge over the edge somewhere. It’s just not going to happen. I don’t worry about those things. I look at how my team’s playing, what we’re trying to create. I know it frustrates people. I don’t know what they want me to say to be honest, but I know what the club’s about. I know what the expectations are and I believe the road we’re on will get us there so we’ll keep things going.

“It’s a weird league. You call things early here don’t you? It’s quite remarkable. What are we seven games in? And people are calling the title already. It’s just not how I work. I’m not pulling up stumps after seven games because other people seem to think there’s some sort of insurmountable challenge out there for us.

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“If we weren’t playing well and we were struggling through things then I would be looking at tonight differently. If the efforts we’re putting in at the moment, how we’re playing, the chances we’re creating and what we’ve got to come back into the team – I just see it totally differently.”

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It’s all well and good taking a stab at a media narrative. But it always reflects better when you have some results to back your comments up.

Postecoglou believes Celtic are playing in a way that will get them to where he wants them to be. That’s fine. he has to believe that as the main man. But words are no longer enough to win fans over. Not when we’re failing to win so many games of football. That five-game winning run, for example, seems a long time ago.

Celtic fans need to see evidence of progress on the park. Yes, the signs were promising in the first few weeks of Postecoglou’s reign. But a lot of that good work is disappearing fast with some of these setbacks we’re now receiving.

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So long as we’re not seeing that progress, Postecoglou’s words will continue to fall on deaf ears. They’ll continue to only wind up a support that will want to hear more realism from their manager.

Sure, it’s premature to be conceding anything at this stage. But fan opinion will always be swayed by the signs on show. And all Celtic are proving is that they’re still a fair bit away from being a title-winning side.

It’s always good to see your manager show a little bite in the press. The hard truth however? He has very little evidence to back his views up at the moment.

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