Celtic boss Postecoglou: Glasgow Derby is "something special"

By Euan Davidson

August 28, 2021

Growing up in Melbourne, having fled a coup in Greece at just five years old, future Celtic boss Ange Postcoglou couldn’t have dreamt of being involved in big fixtures like the Glasgow Derby.

Before, he’s spoken about waking up at the crack of dawn to watch European football with his father [Times]. Now, with a Celtic v Rangers derby on the horizon, his first as Bhoys boss, Postecoglou has said it’s “magic” to be involved.

The former Australia, Yokohama F Marinos and Brisbane Roar manager has taken charge of huge games. However, nothing he’s experienced thus far will quite compare. Postecoglou knows the global impact of the Derby, even from his former vantage point in Australia.

Postecoglou said [Glasgow Times]:

“It’ll be magic. I can’t wait. It’s not stuff that you dream about because when you are living in Melbourne and you are a million miles away, how can you dream you’ll be part of a fixture like this one? It seems too far-fetched to come from seeing it in a young boy’s mind.

“To be involved, it’ll be special. Hopefully, we will give a good account of ourselves and make it a memorable day.

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“We knew this was a big week for us and getting through Thursday night was our first priority. Now it’s Sunday.

“It’s a massive game and a fixture that has global significance. I can tell you Down Under in Australia, it’s one of the fixtures everyone looks out for every year from around the world.

“The Glasgow Derby is right up there and it’s never lost on me how big a game it is. To be part of it is something special.”

Ange Postecoglou is utterly relishing his first taste of Celtic v Rangers Glasgow Derby atmosphere

The fact the game’s at Ibrox, with no Celtic fans in attendance could’ve diminished Postecoglou’s excitement somewhat. However, it appears not to have, whatsoever.

If anything, it could be seen as an even bigger result if Celtic bested an entirely hostile atmosphere tomorrow at noon. While we hope there’s some resolution to the pettiness from Ibrox suits, the fact is it’s a full compliment of Rangers supporters that greet the Bhoys tomorrow.

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No matter, that won’t change Postecoglou’s approach. Ever the attack-minded manager, his objective won’t be swayed by the environment.

He’s right about Australia, too, as if you were going to question him on that. The land Down Under has plenty of Celtic Supporters Clubs [Celtic Badges], with plenty of Hoops-leaning ex-pats and Bhoys supporters across the country.

One example being Scott McDonald, raised by Scottish parents in Australia, and undoubtedly a Celtic supporter.

For sure, Postecoglou has some selection headaches. And, he has a number of debutants to guide through the fixture.

But if you don’t think he’s right up for days like tomorrow, think again. From going to beyond his wildest dreams, he manages Celtic against Rangers tomorrow.

Read more: Who we think Ange will start tomorrow