Ange Postecoglou's latest brilliant Celtic statement of intent

By Lewis Laird

May 23, 2022

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has outlined what his side’s approach will be heading into the Champions League group stage next season.

During his first campaign in charge, the Celtic support has lauded the attacking style of play integrated by Ange on his side.

The attacking football helped fire the Hoops to a league and cup double, also securing a place in Europe’s biggest competition in the 2022/23 season.

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The 56-year old has made it clear on many occasions that he won’t move away from that style, no matter who the opponents are.

Despite that, questions continue to be asked by the Scottish media in particular regarding what Ange might change heading into European competition next year.

However, Postecoglou has once again insisted that it will be the same approach he takes into the Champions League next season, as he delivered a brilliant line, shutting down any possibility of his side ‘parking the bus’.

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Speaking to Stan Sport about qualifying for the Champions League [Stan Sport, 23/05, 08:15 pm AEST], Ange said: “I’ve never owned a bus, mate.

“I am sure it there will be, as there has been my whole career, people telling me that I need to adjust my approach and temper my aggression, all those kinds of things.

“But, I’ve done pretty well, to be fair, sticking to it. So, obviously, I’ll keep going.

“The fact that we can build on this year, the current group of players will naturally improve. That’s my role. “There’s no doubt we will get a couple of big guns, and you know, bring it. Bring it on.

“That’s what I love about this game, the whistle goes, and it’s 0-0. So have a crack.”

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Postecoglou has more than earned the right to stand up for his tactics, after a superb turnaround season during his first 12 months in the Parkhead dugout.

Of course, it will be a tough task facing some of the world’s best sides. However, we have suffered extremely disappointing results from just sitting off these sides too.

The Celtic manager will be using this summer to try and build a side to the best of his capabilities, which will be ready to challenge teams from across the continent.

It will undoubtedly be interesting to see how that fairs with this squad after a full pre-season under Ange in the summer.

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