Australian journalists discuss the situation Ange is in at Celtic
Ange Postecoglou has only been at Celtic for a few months, but supporters already feel like they know him well.
His press interviews have given us an insight into how he conducts himself, with his on the pitch style unrelenting in terms of its purpose, if not its end product.
His tenure so far hasn’t all been roses and chocolates. However, we at least have a fair idea of what he’s all about.
But, Ange is a storied professional, who has left a legacy across multiple countries and continents for decades before arriving in Glasgow. The truth is we hardly know him at all!
And nobody knows him better than the journalists in Australia who have followed his career, know his record and can predict what’s to come.
The message from them after last night’s heavy 4-0 defeat at the hands of Leverkusen? Stick out the bad times and good times will come.
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Australian-based commentator Simon Hill said on Twitter last night: “Interesting reading Celtic fans comments on Ange after their latest loss. Almost déjà vu from his first year with the ‘Roos. Tough it out Hoops – the initial bit is confronting, but as we all know here, the rewards will come…”
That provoked a bit of debate, with former writer at The Australian Ray Gatt replying: “Fair point Simon. I agree and hope Celtic see it out and Ange turns it around. But, what would Man City, Liverpool, Man Utd, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juve do in this position? Celtic not in that class but they are a storied club nonetheless that demands success.”
Vince Rugari of The Sydney Morning Herald, who was one of the prominent Australian voices who gave us the lowdown on Ange over the summer, then said: “To be honest mate given the state of them on and off the field at the moment, I wouldn’t do what Real or Barca do! IMO the reality is sometimes this ‘big club mentality’, this demand for instant results, is actually the worst thing for a club trying to get out of a deep mess. My overriding point is: Celtic have already done the ‘big club’ thing and look where it’s got them today. Ground zero of a rebuild.”
Calls for Ange to go, which do exist if you peruse social media and message boards, are totally wide of the mark for me. I align far more with the Rugari line of thinking in that, Celtic committed to this knowing full well who Ange was and what he brings. It’d be silly to back out now.
Domestic results are an absolute priority and I do think some of the criticism levelled at the manager after last night is warranted. At the same time, let’s take a deep breath and see what’s in store over the next few months before completely losing our minds.
In other news, Celtic to attend SFA meeting next week.