Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou explains why he isn't speaking out on refereeing issues and other hot topics

By John McGinley

December 12, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou doesn’t want to weigh in on subjects outside of his direct control on the football pitch.

Postecoglou, as the club’s most visible leader, can be asked a whole range of questions. From ticket allocations to pandemic posers and his thoughts on refereeing conduct as well as appearances of SFA officials in the media, it’s sometimes irrelevant to the job he does.

Even some Celtic supporters think he should be more critical of referees and some of the decisions that have gone against us.

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Ange Postecoglou’s approach was cemented before Celtic

However, Postecoglou’s approach is all about his own philosophy and how he has conducted himself throughout his career. He isn’t going to change now, it appears.

Speaking to The Scottish Mail on Sunday [12/12 print edition, page 159], the Bhoys boss said: “I have never seen myself as an epidemiologist or archaeologist or any kind of ologist. I’m a pretty simple guy in terms of knowing what I need to know. At the same time, I understand I am a spokesman for the club in as much as what I say not just in the media, but when I am out and about meeting people in public.

“Every time I open my mouth, I am representing this football club and I want make sure that what I say and my actions reflect the values of the club I’m at and my own values. Sometimes, that means I don’t answer questions about things that I believe are answered by other people with more expertise than me.”

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Ange Postecoglou is sending a message to his Celtic players

Postecoglou would go on to address the lack of chat about referees specifically, stating: “In any walk of life, if you get distracted or taken away from that focus and try and control things you know that ultimately you are never going to have an effect on, I think you absolve yourself of your responsibility.

“I’ve seen it often as I’ve been managing for a very long time. I’ve seen people who take a different approach and really get riled up about refereeing decisions or things outwith their control and I think, ultimately, my responsibility rests on what happens between the white lines on the turf.

“I want to be sure that, every day, my players, my staff and everyone involved with the club knows that is where I am putting my attention.”

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I think this is an admirable approach and as always, I appreciate Postecoglou’s honesty on the matter. It would be far easier to fob off enquiries with soundbites or non-answers rather than eloquently explain the thinking behind his responses.

So don’t be expecting Postecoglou to be laying into Bobby Madden or Crawford Allan anytime soon.

In other news, Report: Neil Lennon is a contender to lead Hibernian out vs Celtic at Hampden.