Ange's brilliant comments on record-breaking Celtic support as McCoist's offer is put to him

By John McGinley

February 18, 2023

Ange Postecoglou has told reporters his greatest barometer of success at Celtic is the thoughts and feelings of the Bhoys support, as fans head to the stadium in massive numbers.

Ticket sales have been exceptionally strong this season, even in the early rounds of cup competitions. Celtic sold close to 80,000 tickets for the fixtures against Greenock Morton and St Mirren.

For the manager, that’s a strong indicator he is getting things right at the club and his greatest satisfaction.

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Ange Postecoglou values Celtic fan feedback

As quoted by The Scotsman, he said: “For me that’s the most important thing. Ultimately that’s our biggest measure. Of course trophies are what this football club is about and that’s my role – to bring success. But the biggest encouragement or rewards we can get is people wanting to come and watch their football club. I don’t take that for granted. No one in the club does. Even cup games, it’s a choice sometimes whether they come or not but they are coming in record numbers.

“They are not just appreciating the fact that we are winning games of football. I think they are appreciating how the boys are playing and they are excited by that. For me, that’s the greatest reward. It’s always been my barometer during my whole career. Fans will tell me how I’m going, more than the table or anything else.

“We can be winning games of football but if our supporters don’t like what they see then I’ll get that feedback for sure. For me, it’s very rewarding that they are not just appreciating the fact that we’re winning games of football but they are enjoying the way we are doing it.”

Celtic boss brushes off England speculation

Then asked about Ally McCoist’s jovial comments on wanting to drive Postecoglou to England himself when job offers come up, Postecoglou again referenced the Celtic support.

He said: “I wouldn’t struggle for a lift, mate… I’ve got plenty of people who’d take me, or I could drive myself. Listen, again it’s all stuff that’s not on my radar. My measure is the people who love this football club.

“That’s the only feedback I’m looking for. They’ll tell me how I’m going more than anyone else. That’s always going to be my barometer.”

Postecoglou rarely puts a foot wrong in the media and again, this weekend, as other managers in Glasgow lose the plot, he has hit the mark.

In other news, Chris Sutton calls out ‘strange comments’ coming from Ibrox on Celtic.