Ange Postecoglou's passionate and ambitious Celtic statement of intent today shouldn't go overlooked

By John McGinley

April 8, 2022

Ange Postecoglou gave a passionate answer to a question about Bodo/Glimt today and Celtic’s ambitions on the European scene moving forward.

Glimt are making good progress through the Europa Conference League after knocking out the Bhoys – first beating AZ Alkmaar over two legs before coming out on top against Roma at home last night.

Although they still have to finish the job against the Italians if they want to make it into the semi-finals, you can’t deny they are an impressive outfit considering their small budget.

Asked if lessons could be learned from them today, Postecoglou had a strong message – Celtic only need to look within for the inspiration to do well in Europe.

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He told a press conference [Celtic YouTube]: “They’ve done extremely well, as you said. I don’t buy into this budget stuff too much. I’ve charted my whole career on being able to achieve things without necessarily having all the resources. I don’t think that’s always the answer for everything. It certainly helps you in many cases, but our ambitions lie beyond what other clubs are doing. I’ve got no interest in it, to be honest. I don’t really care.

“What I want to see is us being the best we can be and we’ve got markers of things we’ve done in the past as a football club. That’s your reference point. Not any other club. We don’t have to be anyone else. We don’t have to follow anyone else. We don’t have to compare ourselves to anyone else. We are who we are. We’ve got historical references of how good we can be and the impact we can make, domestically and in Europe. That should always chart our course forward.”

It really sounds like Ange will be on mission to improve Celtic in continental competition next season.

If we can finish the job in the Scottish Premiership, there’s a high likelihood we go straight into the group stage of the Champions League. It’d be the first time we haven’t had to qualify since 2008.

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Postecoglou understands the potential of Celtic, the history of Celtic and what our supporters crave. He isn’t going to settle for being top dog in Scotland – not a chance.

The European campaign this term is the only negative of an otherwise brilliant debut season from the manager. There are mitigating factors of course, but the manager is obviously looking to move past that with a bit of stability now at the club.

Ange wants us to dream.

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