Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou provides interesting verdict on his Parkhead progress

By Euan Davidson

August 17, 2021

Ahead of a crucial Europa League tie against AZ Alkmaar, you’d forgive Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou for being a little nervous.

Instead, he’s more determined than ever. The intelligent Bhoys boss took a philosophical turn, as he spoke on the work he’d done with his team, what’s worked in the past, and assessing how things are in this moment.

The former Brisbane Roar and Yokohama F Marinos manager was asked if he was thinking about targets. So far, the style of football has changed, the team are getting results, and the break-neck tempo is delighting fans.

However, Postecoglou isn’t ticking any personal boxes. Clearly a man who’s unsatisfied thinking in the short-term, the Celtic boss waxed lyrical about his own footballing strategy.

The Celtic manager said [Celtic FC]:

“I’m not wired that way… I’m not a big one for setting targets. I’ve just never felt the need for it. I’d be disappointed in myself if we were exceeding our targets at the moment, because I’d be asking a question of why I didn’t set loftier targets.

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“Those measures don’t really exist. What I look for is improvement, buy-in from the players, belief in what we’re doing. Those are the kinds of things that are important. Because wherever I’ve worked, they’re the key cornerstones of us building a successful side.

“I’m seeing evidence of that for sure. 100%. Not just me, I think everyone is. The players are buying into it, they’re believing in it. They’re getting rewarded for it. But we’ve still got so much to build into that, in terms of, to make it a strong foundation.”

Ange Postecoglou: the biggest challenges at Celtic lay ahead

Postecoglou continued [Celtic FC]:

“I’ve got no doubt we’ve got some challenges ahead of us. How we overcome those challenges; belief is tested in toughest of times, not necessarily when things are going well.

“I’m pleased with where we’re at, I’m not surprised by where we’re at, and I’m not disappointed we’re not further ahead. Where we’re at is where we’re at.”

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Keeping it in perspective isn’t something we’re particularly good at, as supporters. We’re a passionate bunch, perhaps the most passionate in football. The emotion, the drama and the commitment of following Celtic is what creates such a lasting connection.

But Postecoglou is right, here. The tougher challenges are ahead of Celtic. They start tomorrow night, but the tricky ties are coming thick and fast over the next few weeks.

It’s a relentless schedule.

So, while there’s so much to be encouraged by, under the new boss, there’s still a long way to go.

Read more: “We will try to win. We are Celtic.”