Ange Postecoglou's cheeky Gerrard reference as he puts definitive timescale on Celtic rebuild

By John McGinley

December 3, 2021

Ange Postecoglou has insisted he won’t get three years to win a trophy at Celtic, in what seems like a cheeky reference to the time afforded to Steven Gerrard in Glasgow.

Gerrard famously won just one trophy in nine attempts during his spell at Ibrox before hitting the emergency exit button for Aston Villa last month.

Postecoglou reckons that supporters won’t see the best football from Celtic for another year but has admitted he needs to perform to expectations in the here and now to get more time for his Bhoys rebuild.

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Speaking to Sky Sports, the Celtic boss said: “It’s an evolving process but we’ve literally bought 12 players in the transfer window. A lot of them are still in their first year. We’re still at the beginnings. My feeling is that this first year is about building a strong foundation.

“We still have to be successful. But we won’t be able to have the squad I think we need to be robust enough and have the quality to play consistently at the high levels we want until another year of football. That’s all in the background. What we need to do is keep improving our football in the meantime.

“You’re not going to be given three years to win a trophy. You’ve got to try and do that as soon as you arrive and at the same time build. For us the challenge this year is we didn’t inherit a settled squad, it was a squad that needed rebuilding for a number of reasons. It’s not like we just went out and brought in players to complement what we had.”

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It’s a very interesting set of comments from a manager who, thus far, has largely refused to put timescales on his project or comment on winning silverware.

His language has markedly changed from the summer. Celtic are entering a new phase of this rebuild, so there are some new things that the manager wants to communicate.

However, it’s the same process as what was set out at the start. We’re on a journey here and while there are immediate short-term goals, there’s also a bigger picture in the long-term.

In other news, Rivals have just shown how scared they are of Celtic this season.