Celtic icon Martin O'Neill shares what has impressed him most about Ange Postecoglou

By Lewis Laird

May 6, 2022

Former Celtic manager Martin O’Neill has admitted he was left impressed with Ange Postecoglou after sticking to his beliefs earlier in the campaign.

The 56-year old had a difficult start to life in Glasgow, losing out in the early rounds of Champions League qualifying and starting slow in the league.

However, the ex-Socceroos boss has since led Celtic to the Premier Sports Cup final and now has his side sitting top of the Scottish Premiership with a six-point advantage heading into the final three games.

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Speaking to the Daily Record, O’Neill insisted that what Postecoglou has achieved so far has been ‘terrific’, especially with all that he was up against when he arrived in Glasgow.

The legendary former Celtic boss also opened up on what impressed him most about Ange, stating that sticking to his beliefs despite a tough start has played a big role in his early success.

 “I think it’s been a great achievement, the reasons being that he’s come in without being well known for a start and that put some Celtic fans on the back foot immediately.

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“Then all you need is a really stodgy start, and suddenly there were question marks all over the place regarding the nature of his game.

“But for him to stick to his beliefs when things weren’t going well. When you come into a new club, and that happens then, the hardest thing to do is not to change a thing.

“Watching from a distance, the impression I got from him was ‘Listen, I’ll get things right, and the players I’ve brought to this football club will improve the team’, and that is exactly what’s happened. It’s been terrific.”

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O’Neill certainly knows the pressures that come with being in the dugout at Parkhead and was a great success during his spell at the club between 2000-2005.

So, it is great to hear his praise for Postecoglou.

From day one, Ange made it clear he would be sticking to his beliefs, and it has very much paid off for him and his players, despite being told by many pundits in the media they had to change.

After hopefully completing the job in the final three games of the season, Postecoglou will be looking forward to going again next season and showing his side’s capabilities right from the start.

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