Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou just gave one of his most honest interviews yet

By John McGinley

May 11, 2022

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has made a huge impression on the media landscape in Scotland this season, thanks to his appearance in interviews and press conferences.

Some of them have simply been funny, others inspiring and informative.

He’s always come across as an honest and earnest individual. However, his latest media appearance with Sky Sports may be his most candid yet.

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, Sky sat down with the Celtic boss and discussed a number of issues relating to management we may not consider in our day-to-day support of the club.

The strain on family life, personal relationships and coping with stress is all part of it. And Postecoglou hasn’t shied away from that.

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In fact, he’s opened up that he avoided old friends in the wake of the recent semi-final defeat to Rangers, telling the broadcaster: “You always have this competitive streak inside you. And again, something I tell young managers is that the pain of a loss in your first year doesn’t diminish as the years go on. You know, you still feel it.

“We lost the semi-final [Scottish Cup] to Rangers, and I had friends over here from Australia I haven’t seen for two years, we had dinner organised after. I didn’t turn up, my wife had to host them. They understand because they’re my mates and they still have a nice dinner in spite of that.

“But you know, it’s something that you kind of hope you learn to deal with better as you get older.”

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The manager also talks about the social media age of criticism. He reckons it’s becoming more and more difficult for younger managers to cope with setbacks. Additionally, he goes into the kind of upheaval families go through when managers move or lose their job.

The whole video is well worth a watch. The Celtic boss tackles topics we’ve never really heard from him on before.

It comes in preparation for what should be a famous night in his management career and for Celtic. The Bhoys travel to Tannadice tonight to hopefully make Postecoglou’s first title at the club official.

It’s fantastic he is able to open up and offer insight on serious issues even on the brink of such joy.

In other news, Tam Courts brilliantly bigs up Celtic boss; claims people judged him unfairly.