Celtic boss Postecoglou's message for fans who had his back from day one

By Euan Davidson

January 14, 2022

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has shown gratitude for the supporters who backed him from day one at Parkhead.

But he promises there’s much more to come.

The Celtic boss was asked to give himself a half-term report in yesterday’s press conference [Celtic FC]. Postecoglou took the time to reaffirm his thanks for the backing Celtic supporters have given him since arriving at the club. Describing the response he’s got from fans, especially during a rocky start to life with the Hoops, he said the backing he’s had is the most important thing.

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However, he’s not resting on his laurels whatsoever, and he gave an encouraging message about the second half of his maiden campaign with Celtic.

Postecoglou said [Celtic FC/YouTube, 12.03]: “As I said from day one, I’ve been overwhelmed and humbled with the support I’ve received right from the first day to be fair.

“Even when things weren’t going smoothly at the beginning, I still felt our supporters saw what we were trying to do and they backed us all the way. It’s been a big part of my first six months that the supporters really got behind the team, which is the most important thing for me.

“Are we where we want to be? No! As I certainly want us to be stronger than we are at the moment, but from where we started and where we ended up, there was progress.

“I want more and I want us to be better, I want us to be stronger. And, to be fair, that would be my answer even if we were flying and everything had gone well. The idea is we continually seek improvement in the way we play and in the way we develop our players, in our results: everything.”

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You’d never expect Ange Postecoglou to be the type of Celtic manager to ever sit back and consider his successes. He’s certainly not changed in that respect.

But what’s heartening about this is, of all the things he could’ve said here, he made it about the supporters. About what the fans mean to him, about justifying our faith in what he’s doing. He’s more than aware that as the lifeblood of the club, we’re what’s most important.

The Celtic board surely now know what happens when we feel short-changed, either off the pitch or on it. But that’s nowhere near the feeling right now.

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After where we’ve come from in 2021, the overwhelming feeling is positivity, optimism and hope. That’s in large part down to a manager who’s forward-thinking and aggressive in making sure the supporters know he values them.

It may sound sentimental, Hallmark-y, even. But it matters. And given recent events at Celtic Park, knowing how fundamental we are to the success of the team is important. It’s hard to get that feeling when we’re locked out for a season.

So, it’s good to hear Postecoglou say this, and perhaps more pertinently, saying his Celtic team aren’t where he wants them to be yet. Constant evolution is vital.

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