Ange Postecoglou's brilliant Celtic response to question about rivals' Europa League run
When it comes to success in Europe for Scottish Football clubs, Celtic have collected the highest of accolades, winning the European Cup in 1967.
And Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou was quick to remind the media of that this afternoon in his pre-match press conference ahead of this weekend’s Glasgow derby.
The 56-year was asked about the success of Scottish clubs in European competition, with the Ibrox side currently taking part in the Europa League semi-final, having lost their first leg tie to RB Leipzig last night.
If you were to believe some fans in Scotland, reaching that stage of the Europa League would be seen as one of the greatest achievements by sides in this country.
However, Postecoglou sent out a timely reminder with his brilliant remark speaking to the press this afternoon after being asked if Rangers’ progress in Europe shows how well Scottish clubs can do on the continent.
Postecoglou said: “Scottish clubs, including this one, have made their mark in Europe before, I don’t think we have learned anything new this year.
“Rangers have done very well and Giovanni has done a great job in getting them to the semi-finals. I guess from their perspective they are still in the tie and have an opportunity to get to a final, which is great.
“But if you want evidence of how well Scottish clubs can do in Europe, there’s a trophy I can show you just down the road here, mate.”
It just goes to show how outstanding an achievement lifting the prestigious trophy was with how much the run to Lisbon is still discussed to this day.
Eleven local lads, playing magnificent football and going all the way in Europe, beating some of the best sides in the world at that time.
Only in Scotland would some football fans try and look down on such an incredible moment that will never be achieved again.
Comments like this from Ange just show once again how much he has connected with the club in just under a year of being in charge at Parkhead.
Although no one will come close to achieving that sort of greatness again, hopefully, in the near future, we can see Ange and this group of players create their own memories in European competition.