Ange Postecoglou's brilliant comments on Christmas day training with his "Celtic family"
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has brilliantly discussed the prospect of being at Lennoxtown on Christmas Day as he stated the club views itself as an extended family.
The Celtic players will spend Christmas morning at home before coming in for an afternoon session on December 25th. The reason? Celtic have a huge clash against St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park on Boxing Day. It’ll be another must-win game in a month full of them.
Boxing Day fixtures are hardly something the football club isn’t used to. It’s more or less a tradition in Scottish football these days and is arguably one of the most popular days of the football calendar year in this country.
And it’s something Ange is clearly embracing too. He was asked about it today on the Celtic View’s Christmas Podcast, and it’s fair to say he put it superbly:
“I think for the most part that the players accept that. That’s part of it. We kind of like to think that we’re almost like an extended family here. So you kind of have Christmas morning with your real family and then you share it with your Celtic family in the afternoon. That’s the responsibility we have. Because I keep saying we’re all in a privileged position doing what we love and what we’re passionate about.
“These things come along that maybe other people don’t normally have to contend with. I think it’s a small price to pay for what we do and I’m sure the players will embrace that aspect of it.
“We’ve just got to make sure we don’t spoil people’s Christmas. The pressure is on Santa Clause and us to make sure Christmas runs smoothly every year!”
Ange Postecoglou just gets what it means to be the Celtic manager
Postecoglou is showing just how important it can be to connect with the supporters as his popularity continues to go through the roof.
He’s doing a fine job on the park and that’s something we’ll all admit to. Has it been perfect? No. Is it his results alone that have built up this incredible bond he has with the fanbase? Not quite. It’s also to do with how he’s carried himself on and off the pitch and his attitude since joining the club.
There are no complaints about having to train on Christmas Day. No concerns about having to work on a day he couldn’t be blamed for wanting to spend with his family. He comes across as if he can’t wait for Christmas at Lennoxtown. There’s genuine excitement from him when you hear him speak.
Remember back in the Tony Mowbray days when he came out and said how much he didn’t enjoy being the Celtic manager? [Daily Record]. That he enjoyed spending time with his kids and that being the Hoops boss was just a job? That’s the kind of demeanor that will push the supporters away from you.
Postecoglou is the total antithesis of Mowbray in that respect. He absolutely loves what he does at Parkhead. He’s appreciative of the opportunity as well as totally made up with the love he receives from the supporters. This isn’t just work for him, it’s a way of life.
Everything he says just seems to increase the relationship he has with the supporters. Hopefully, it won’t be long until he gets some silverware to go with that special bond that’s forming.