Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou delivers classy response to rivals' Europa League run question

By John McGinley

May 6, 2022

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou gave a classy response to Sky Sports this afternoon when asked about Rangers’ run to the Europa League final.

The Celtic boss reckons it’s evidence that there are two quality teams in Scotland and that if the Ibrox side go on to win the trophy, Scotland have two teams who deserve to play in the Champions League group stages.

He isn’t shying away from their achievement but served a reminder they aren’t the only good team in the division.

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Postecoglou was inevitably asked the Rangers question on Sky Sports News, responding: “Yeah, it just goes to show you there are two very strong teams in the Scottish Premiership.

“They’ve done awfully well Rangers, to get to the final. They deserve to get to the final with their performances, particularly in the semi-final. They have a good chance to win it.

“From my perspective, if we win the league and we’re in there [the Champions League groups], then both clubs deserve to play at that level.”

I doubt there are many Celtic fans who will admit it was nice to watch Rangers progress past RB Leipzig last night. I’m not going to pretend I was one of them.

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Postecoglou has given a fair response though and you’d expect nothing less of the man, who calls it as he sees it.

I suspect the Celtic manager is of the belief that Rangers’ achievements in the Europa League only validate what has been achieved by the Bhoys in the Scottish Premiership this term. That’s not a bad way of looking at it.

The only thing better than being triumphant over a bad Rangers is being triumphant over a good Rangers. We’re well on the way to doing that with a victory tomorrow against Hearts.

In other news, Callum McGregor shares the unseen role teammate had in bonding Ange with Celtic squad.