Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou sets his own terms with latest cutting press remark
Ange Postecoglou loves a quip in his pre-match press events and he didn’t miss the mark prior to Celtic vs Real Betis.
In his session with the written press, he made it clear to the reporters present that he didn’t want to entertain chat about Celtic coming into this fixture with big expectations.
It was put to him that the Bhoys were actually in Pot 2 of the competition, while Betis were in Pot 3, suggesting Celtic should think of themselves as stronger than the La Liga side.
To that he said, as quoted by The Scotsman: “Mate, I stay out of the kitchen so pots aren’t my forte.
“I don’t look too much into stuff like that. If anyone suggests there’s some sort of hierarchal criteria that puts one team above another.
“What I do know is that they [Betis] are a quality team. They finished sixth in La Liga, which is a fantastic competition. You just have to look at the teams they finished close to know they are a quality team and they have a quality manager who has been around for a long time and had a lot of success.”
It’s not the first time we’ve had this kind of patter out of the manager. We already know he’s not a doctor and not an accountant from previous exchanges with the press with tongue firmly in cheek. Now we know he doesn’t cook either.
It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re paying attention you’ll notice he uses humour and sarcasm to deflect difficult questions he doesn’t think are particularly relevant.
The ranking of Celtic above Betis is silly based purely on the UEFA draw pots, with all sorts of reasons determining club co-efficient. Betis don’t play in Europe as often as Celtic but that’s because they play in a much more difficult league.
Postecoglou is perfectly happy going into tonight’s encounter with zero expectations, publicly at least. He’ll be filling his players with as much belief as possible, but there’s no reason for him to go around bullishly talking about the Bhoys as the Pot 2 side.
The press are an important part of Scottish football. I’m certainly not advocating locking them out like other certain clubs. However, the Celtic manager keeping them at arm’s length in the way only he can is fine by me.