Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou keeps cool after bizarre BBC question

By Euan Davidson

March 2, 2022

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou managed to keep his cool despite a bizarre line of questioning from the BBC after the Hoops’ win over St Mirren.

In a game that Celtic dominated, 2 goals to the good at full-time, it may not have been a classic. But it was a vital win for Celtic, and a commanding performance to go with it. Despite that though, BBC reporter Kenny Macintyre came out the gate with a very pointed question for the Celtic boss.

The Hoops were dominant. Celtic had 74% of the possession, created 21 shots and made nearly 700 passes. St Mirren, by contrast, made 141 [Fotmob]. While it took some time for Celtic to make the breakthrough, once Carter-Vickers smashed the ball past Alnwick, the result never seemed in doubt.

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Despite all that, Macintyre opened with a very strange question for Ange Postecoglou.

Macintyre asked [BBC Sportsound, 22.00]: “That was a hard watch at times – is that fair?”

Postecoglou responded: “It depends what you’re looking for – maybe you’re disappointed with the way it went, mate.

“We’ve won a game 2-0, I think they didn’t create anything. We dominated the football, despite the opposition sitting so deep.

“We stayed composed, we did what we had to do to wear down an opposition who were sitting deep, defending well.”

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How on earth do you even respond to that?

There probably isn’t media training in the world equipped with a suitable response. Yet, Ange Postecoglou delivered one, and a devastating one at that.

We’ve seen Ange Postecoglou deliver the word “mate” with both friendly passivity and with razor sharp intent. This would qualify under the latter. How he kept his cool is beyond this writer, that’s for certain.

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As for the game? Celtic did exactly what they needed to do. Cameron Carter-Vickers got the goal he deserved, and we even scored from a set-piece. Meanwhile, there were really encouraging appearances from Yosuke Ideguchi and Karamoko Dembele, a pair of players requiring match sharpness for the title race run-in.

Still, you’d expect better than this from the BBC, and Ange Postecoglou is probably surprised to have been given this kind of questioning after a win.

Such are the ways of Scottish media, and the demands put upon a Celtic manager.

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