Ange Postecoglou's biggest Celtic opportunity yet

By John McGinley

December 19, 2021

There has been a lot of excited chatter about the direction Celtic are heading in since Ange Postecoglou has come in as manager. This website has led a lot of it.

That fact is not lost on us as we head into a massive day for the club and for the manager. We’re big fans of Postecoglou and the job he is doing. But today’s match at Hampden is the occasion it can all become real. Today’s the day it must become real.

Postecoglou has already had a few opportunities to fully ingratiate himself with Celtic supporters. Our league form for a couple of months has been excellent. Europe went okay too even if we exited the Europa League. Unfortunately, we came up short in the first derby of the season against Rangers.

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But this afternoon’s final against Hibernian is the biggest test of the Celtic boss’ winning resolve and ability to achieve success with the club yet. Excited chatter is one thing, tangible trophy success is another entirely.

Make no mistake, a League Cup victory can set the stage of all that is to follow for Postecoglou and the Bhoys. That’s not to say he’s heading for disaster if we lose, more that if we win it’s a major milestone for the project.

Going into the new year fighting in the league and with a trophy in the bag would be a real testament to the job that the manager and his players have done since June when, let’s face it, chaos reigned at Celtic.

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With a transfer window ahead and intent to further strengthen the squad, getting to 2022 with the momentum today offers would be huge, and scary for our opponents.

There are no guarantees in a final and I doubt today will come easy. But, backed by 30,000 supporters, I know the team have it in them to find a way to win.

Good luck Celtic, good luck Ange Postecoglou.

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