Aussie reporter's Sopranos reference perfectly sums Ange Celtic experience

By Euan Davidson

August 25, 2021

Celtic under Ange Postecoglou has been an absolute thrill ride so far, comparable to an action box set like The Sopranos or 24.

We just don’t really know what’s going to happen next, but we know it’ll be exciting. It’s worlds away from the doldrums of last season, when teams found out Celtic and exploited their plodding, predictable play.

So, when Vince Rugari made the comparison on the Old Firm Facts Podcast, it seemed more than apt. Rugari, who 67 Hail Hail spoke to when Ange was linked with the Celtic, was in typically humorous form with the podcaster, while also noting a famous example of Ange’s gung-ho approach.

Rugari told the Old Firm Facts Podcast:

“We’ve been through this, this is why it’s so funny for [Australians] right now. I’ve said it before, I think early doors when Ange was first linked to Celtic. It’s a bit like someone you know who hasn’t watched The Sopranos before.

“You’re so jealous, because they’ve got all this good stuff in front of them!”

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Vince Rugari cites example after Sopranos reference that Celtic could follow under Ange

Rugari continued [Old Firm Facts]:

“In all seriousness, we have lived through this and he will not change for any circumstances. I think back to probably the rockiest part of his tenure in charge of the Socceroos. [It] was the back-end of the really serious qualifiers for the World Cup in 2018.

“I was there in Tehran in Iran, where they were playing Iraq away. Iraq couldn’t play at home obviously. Ange decided on this awful pitch in Tehran, in really cold, wet weather that that was the day he was going to bring in a back three to the Socceroos.

“It was a big change, but it was one Ange wanted to do. Because this was his next evolution of the Socceroos team. This was the system in which he was going to turn the Socceroos into a team that could go to a World Cup and play against Spain, or a Germany and play possession football against them.

“That day was entirely unsuited to changing your system, in such a crunch World Cup qualifier.

“That’s just what he does. He only knows one way, for better or worse. Usually it’s better.”

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The more we hear…

It feels like the more we hear about and from Ange Postecoglou, the more enraptured Celtic supporters become.

It can’t just be me, anyway. From his erudite, articulate handling of a racism row to the way he talks about football, he’s continually impressing in what he says and what he does.

His commitment to attacking football already put him in good stead with Celtic supporters. It’s in our history, after all. But more and more, we’re hearing of examples of his tactical bravery and ideology in use.

Given the incredible displays we’ve heard already, it’s only more heartening to hear.

By the way, Australia ended up earning a creditable draw on that “awful pitch in Tehran” [Guardian], and the Socceroos qualified for the 2018 World Cup.

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