Ange Postecoglou's latest stern Celtic response to a Scottish media that just aren't learning
No matter how many times they try, Scottish media outlets aren’t going to get Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou admitting he is influenced by anything Rangers do.
It’s not even a Rangers thing. It’s just the way the Celtic manager thinks.
If it’s not entirely clear by now, and it should be since Postecoglou has stated it multiple times for those who are listening, the Celtic boss is only interested in things he can control.
Despite this, in today’s press conference he was asked by one journalist: “You play first this weekend ahead of Rangers playing on Sunday, with the chance to go six points clear. How big an incentive and how much do you use that when you’re giving your team talk to the players, especially going into the international break?”
It’s not a shocking snider of a question – and we’ve had some of them this season – but it is pretty ignorant of how the manager approaches the game day.
The response was stern and predictable, with Postecoglou even looking a bit bored responding to it.
Nonetheless, respond he did, stating [Celtic YouTube]: “Zero. I don’t look at other fixtures, I don’t look at other results. What concerns me is what we do. That’s what we’ve done all year and that’s what we’ll continue to do.
“What happens at the end of this round, in terms of how the table looks, there’s only one fixture we can control around that. If we get our three points then we know where we’re going to be. It’s for the others to fight out their points.
“It has no relevance to our mindset and what we’re trying to achieve.”
Many of the repeated questions on topics we’ve heard before at today’s press conference made the event a rather dull affair, with Postecoglou only really coming to life to provide detailed answers to The Cynic’s Lewis Laird on squad mentality and chances for the Celtic B team.
It seems that some of the press pack just don’t seem to understand the way Ange goes about things, or are even aware of things he’s said in the media before.
The idea that the Celtic manager was going to adapt his approach or messaging this weekend, when he is at the top of the table, because of anyone else was never going to get a satisfying response.
At this point, I am hoping there is a rethink from all concerned in the media here, especially ahead of next season. We can’t keep doing the same generic questions with the same responses. The audience deserves more.