Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has been named the SPFL Premiership Manager of the Year this afternoon.
The Australian guided Celtic to a second successive league title, also winning the Scottish League Cup on the way. Having secured a place in the Scottish Cup Final, too, he could even oversee a clean sweep of all the trophies available in Scotland.
He fully deserves the prize with his team only losing two league matches across the entire campaign, going unbeaten from September right through to this month.
Ange Postecoglou quick to point out work of others
Reacting to the honour, Postecoglou said [Sky Sports]: “It’s great recognition for everyone involved. Manager of the year is a recognition of the work all the staff have done to prepare the players for the challenges ahead. I couldn’t be prouder or happier with the whole group, it’s been an outstanding season.
“Coming off the back of last year’s success, winning the double, the challenge was can we come back better and be more dominant in the league and win more competitions? The way everyone has tackled that task has been outstanding.
“While it’s my name on that trophy, it’s more recognition of the great work everyone has done to make it to this point. We’ve still got a cup final to make it a truly special year.”
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Postecoglou has never been one to steal the limelight for himself and again it’s notable that he immediately refers back to the work others have done when receiving a prestigious award.
Photographed with the trophy at Lennoxtown, he made sure that John Kennedy, Gavin Strachan, Stevie Woods and Harry Kewell were all alongside him. You’d expect nothing less from a superb leader.
It’s unlikely to be the last award heading to Celtic over the next few weeks either. Kyogo Furuhashi has already won the Player of the Year award and plenty of Bhoys are in the running elsewhere.