Ange Postecoglou's brilliant Celtic Champions League promise

By John McGinley

June 17, 2022

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has insisted the upcoming Champions League group stage is not just about making up the numbers of the competition.

The Bhoys have a group stage place confirmed but will enter the tournament as a Pot 4 team.

That means Postecoglou’s team could land a group as difficult as Real Madrid, Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund from pots one, two and three if things really go against us in the draw.

It’s a guarantee the fixtures will be tough regardless and it would be easy to have a negative mentality or at least feel a sense of ‘happy to be here’ and that’s it.

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However, for Ange, just being involved isn’t the end goal.

Speaking in the new edition of the Celtic View, he said [June print edition, page 10]: “For me what’s important is that it’s a stage this football club needs to be at and we get to test ourselves against the best.

“That’s the football club we want to be and it’ll be a great experience.

“It’s something we can all look forward to and plan for to ensure we can make the most of the opportunity by being as prepared as we can.

“We are striving to make an impact in the competition as well, it’s not just about being involved.”

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Everyone at Celtic needs to ensure they’re barrelling towards these Champions League dates at full speed. The board, the coaching staff, the players and even the supporters.

We know fans can play a crucial role in these matches and that big night feeling simply has to return to the stadium. The noise needs to be fierce, respect for our opponents doesn’t need to go beyond the bare minimum and the backing for the team must be unconditional.

Ideally, an atmosphere similar to the 3-0 win over Rangers in February can be created. The tone was set by fans that night and the players lived up to their billing.

Postecoglou clearly isn’t going to back down from the Champions League challenge and that should be something we can all get behind, regardless of how tough or glamourous the opposition is.

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