Ange Postecoglou's brilliant response to media's Celtic "rough hand" question

By David Walton

September 22, 2021

Ange Postecoglou today delivered a terrific response after being asked whether he had been dealt a “rough hand” at Celtic.

The Hoops were clicking into gear before the September international break. However, injuries to key players have left to the Hoops short in some difficult games. The likes of Callum McGregor, Kyogo Furuhashi, and James Forrest have been sidelined in recent matches the results of which have seen the positive atmosphere dissipate.

Many still believe Celtic are a force to be reckoned with so long as their best XI is on the pitch. However, so far you could argue that Postecoglou hasn’t been given the opportunity to do that.

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Yet the Greek-Australian tactician was in no mood to feel sorry for himself. After being asked by the media today whether he’d been dealt in an unfortunate manner, Postecoglou said via Celtic TV:

“I’m not the ‘woe is me’ kind of bloke. I kind of get it. There are always challenges, any manager will tell you. That’s why I never comment on any manager’s predicaments because I know we’ve all got individual challenges. And yeah it would’ve been great to have a full complement of players and we’re obviously missing our skipper, missing our top goalscorer, and you can start thinking that these things are piling up against you.

“Or you can see it, as I said, like an opportunity to build resilience. Because if we can get through this period and still come out with positive outcomes that means when things settle down…and they will settle down. It is a very unusual period. I’ve been through periods myself in my career like this where there are a lot of disruptions and very little chance to settle. But they always pass, and the key thing through that is that we stay strong, we stay calm, and we know what our objectives are.

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“You can go around thinking about the possibilities of what we could do if we had everyone available, but that’s not in our control. What is in our control is we have a game tomorrow night, an opportunity for us to progress in a competition, and that’s where our focus is.”

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You see it all the time. Managers who are itching to point out their injury concerns. Or perhaps it’s decisions that have gone against them. They use that as some sort of defence mechanism to spare them from a hammering from supporters.

Yet you don’t see that kind of thing from Postecoglou. The truth is he has indeed been dealt a rough hand. He’s had his key players missing whilst the CEO he arrived under has already left the club. Not to mention he’s expected to put up a title fight whilst integrating a massive squad turnover.

And Postecoglou’s restraint doesn’t finish at injury problems either. The truth is the former Australia boss seldom complains about in-game decisions either.

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Look at the opening day defeat to Hearts for example. Andy Halliday should’ve been sent off whilst Liel Abada had a perfectly good goal disallowed. Postecoglou didn’t bring up either and instead focused solely on what he could control.

Seeing that kind of honesty and responsibility from a manager makes you admire them all the more. At the end of the day, results will dictate whether Postecoglou is a success at Celtic Park or not.

But the more you hear from him, the more you warm to him as a man.

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