Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou buoyed by "constant" pressure and expectation

By Euan Davidson

September 23, 2021

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou is embracing the pressure and expectation that comes with being the club’s manager.

Ahead of a Premier Sports Cup quarter-final against Raith Rovers, Postecoglou fielded a series of questions about away form, player fitness and much more.

But when asked about how he was feeling the expectation as Celtic head into cup action, Postecoglou gave his best answer of all.

After a trophy-less season for Celtic, our first in a decade, eyes have turned to Postecoglou’s Bhoys for a response. The Hoops boss said [Celtic FC]:

“I don’t think there’s extra motivation or extra anything because of the disappointment last year. And I don’t think there would be any less pressure if we had won everything last year.

“The expectations at this football club are constant. And they should be because that’s the history of it.

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“It’s pretty evident that all the competitions we’re in are important… From our perspective we want to try and succeed in all the competitions we’re in and [tonight] is a good opportunity for us to get a step closer to playing in a final. So it’s a big game for us and we’re looking forward to it.”

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In “normal” circumstances – whether such things exist at Celtic – the club would be expected to pick up a routine win tonight.

And realistically, that’s what should be expected. While Raith Rovers overcame Aberdeen to get to the quarter-final [RRFC], the Kirkcaldy side sit 5th in the tier below us. We’re at home, too. The cards are stacked in our favour.

That’s how Postecoglou likes it. Furthermore, he knows exactly how Celtic have performed in cup competitions in the seasons prior to 20-21. The Bhoys were imperious, and gave us countless fantastic performances across the domestic calendar.

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A Quadruple Treble tells you everything you need to know. And he’s right; after the first treble, the mindset was “well, who can take these trophies off us?”. The expectations were considerable, yes, but based on a justified confidence.

That’s surely the mindset and the gallus that Postecoglou wants to bring back to Celtic. Because he’s right, trophies or no, the pressures are the same.

Tonight is a big one for Postecoglou. Negotiate this and it’s a trip to Hampden for a semi-final; the kind of big occasion he took the job for in the first place.

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