Ange Postecoglou's class July Celtic prediction has already come true

By David Walton

April 20, 2022

We know how many false narratives there were over Ange Postecoglou’s perceived lack of ability when he arrived and how foolish they’ve been made to look.

However, everyone appears to have forgotten that this season has actually panned out exactly how the Celtic manager predicted. For all of the ridiculous opinions from the likes of Kris Boyd [Scottish Sun] and Charlie Nicholas, Ange actually got it bang on himself before a ball was even kicked.

There was no grandstanding from Ange back in July, just an assuredness about Celtic’s competitiveness for the season ahead. Whilst everyone was dismissing his title chances, the manager informed everyone of how his Hoops side would get better as the season went on. He also stated that he doesn’t build teams to only have success come year 2.

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It’s a brilliant description of how he believed Celtic would cope generally throughout the campaign. As quoted by the Record 9 months ago, here’s what he had to say:

“I don’t try to navigate a path where success comes in the second year. Wherever I’ve been, I’ve tried to be successful in the first year, though sometimes circumstances haven’t helped me in that.

“I definitely think we’ll get better as the season goes on and we’ll be stronger but that doesn’t mean that rules us out of being successful in the league.

“I really believe with the group of players we have and the additions we’re going to bring in we’ll, hopefully, get off to a good start in the league. And I’m very confident we’ll be challenging for honours at the end of the year.”

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You have to love the belief and trust he had in the squad he assembled when not many other media pundits were willing to give us a chance. It says a lot about his man-management and footballing intelligence that what he’s predicted has come true.

Even if Celtic inexplicably lost the title from here, he would still be bang on with his pre-season assessment. After all, Celtic have indeed been strongly competitive all year. We already have 1 trophy in the bank in the Premier Sports Cup and look almost certain to wrap up the Premiership. We also reached the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup too.

He’s also spot on with how Celtic’s performances have improved as the season has gone on. Look at how ropey we were early on before going on a mammoth unbeaten streak that still stands to this day. Not since a 1-0 loss at Livingston back in September have we suffered defeat in the league.

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Whilst last Sunday was a disappointment in terms of both result and performance, you can’t exactly deny how well Celtic have progressed in terms of their all-round displays. In the Premiership for example they’re now on a run of 13 wins in 14 matches – the only slip being a 0-0 draw vs Hibernian.

Not to mention the number of goals we’ve scored in 2022 has been absolutely fantastic. Celtic have played a total of 17 matches this year and netted on 46 occasions. That’s some going.

It shows just how well we’re having it this season under the former Yokohama Marinos boss. He’s clearly building something special in Glasgow, and he knew it as far back as July.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou has already given his verdict on Tom Rogic’s Celtic contract