Celtic boss' funny dressing-room message ahead of international duty

By David Walton

October 3, 2021

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has lifted the lid on the class dressing-room message he’s given his players ahead of international duty next week.

Today’s crucial 2-1 win against Aberdeen marked a key moment in Postecoglou’s Celtic career. The win finally gives him a much-needed boost after only winning two of his last eight matches.

Many of Celtic’s top players will now head away on international duty with their respective countries. It comes after the September break left Postecoglou counting the cost of injuries to key players.

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And after a massive win against the Dons in the Granite City today, Postecoglou has lifted the lid on the jovial message he’s given his players ahead of their breakup this month.

Speaking via Sky Sports Football [03/10, 14:15], Postecoglou said when asked whether the break comes at a good time: “Well it depends mate. The last break wasn’t really kind to me so I’ve said to the players if anyone gets injured on international duty then don’t bother coming back.

“Because there’s no doubt the disruptions we’ve had, particularly with injuries, it’s made it really difficult for us to get momentum. So fingers crossed we get through this international window well, we can do some work with the players who are out either injured or who need some work physically.

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“They can use the next two weeks and hopefully set a platform to go on a bit of a run.”

Celtic win at Pittodrie leaves Ange Postecoglou in a more promising position

Just think of the picture had we not managed to pick up the points. It’s not going too far as to say that elements of the support will have been voicing calls for a change. Whether they would be right or not, the run of form was getting beyond ridiculous.

Today was important for so many reasons. The primary one being that we managed to see a bit of character from the team today. A bit of bite and needle needed to win at one of the most difficult grounds in the country.

Look, we’re Celtic. Winning at Aberdeen shouldn’t be considered some sort of massive achievement for our manager. But you’re entitled to nothing because of your name. The context that surrounded this fixture was that it was a huge one for the football club and the manager himself.

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He’s passed the test. He can now look ahead to the upcoming challenges with a bit more confidence. When he comes back from international duty, there will be plenty more big games awaiting him. Trips to Fir Park and Easter Road are also on the agenda.

So the questions will keep coming at Postecoglou over the next couple of months and he needs to find the answers. Having his key players back fit after the international break will be crucial when it comes to that.

For now, however, he can be delighted with his day’s work.

In other news, Class post-Pittodrie clip emerges as Ange Postecoglou celebrates with Celtic fans