Celtic supporters take delight in watching Ange Postecoglou at work
Ange Postecoglou wants his Celtic players to play noughts and cross with bibs.
If that’s the only thing you take away from Celtic’s training video, posted this afternoon, then that’s not bad. But you’re missing the bigger picture. For the first time in a long time, we’re seeing some frankly unusual, potentially innovative training techniques from a hands-on new boss.
The players seem to be loving it. Vasilis Barkas saves made the highlight reel, there are a raft of young players, Ismaila Soro and Odsonne Edouard are there, too. The vibes; off the scale. And while it’s not the entire Celtic squad present as of yet, there’s more than enough there to get fans onside.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) June 30, 2021
As, it turns out, they were. For one thing, the absence of an actual football was a hallmark of the training footage from 20-21. Yet, the majority of players never quite looked fully fit. Whether there’s a Covid caveat and the lack of a proper pre-season to be considered there is your call to make. These days, though, we’re seeing something new.
As Postcoglou took notes and barked instructions, any cliché talk of a “gruelling pre-season”, running laps and all the rest seemed the furthest thing from the coach’s mind. While it looks intense, there’s also an overwhelmingly positive atmosphere on display from Lennoxtown.
Tracksuited and booted, the new Celtic manager seems to be able to combine high-intensity with actual enjoyment. If this is the day job, then it might take less convincing to keep some of our stars beyond the summer.
“Don Postecoglou” impresses Celtic supporters
Celtic fans had their say on the training session:
If we qualify for the UCL when our training includes a big game of knots and crosses then Ange is goated. https://t.co/vEdhrb6Hha
— Conor 🇩🇰 (@ConorM67_) June 30, 2021
BARKAS MADE A SAVE. What a job Ange is doing https://t.co/B8DqUNJm8z
— Reiss 🏴 (@ReissFerguson) June 30, 2021
Training drills, shooting practise, Barkas pulling off saves. Announce treble. https://t.co/ZROSFtD1ct
— Gary (@GaryC88) June 30, 2021
Absolutely loving the ‘Don Postecoglou’ vibes in that tracksuit. https://t.co/LSdw9n79I0
— Ryan Fitzsimons (@RyanStevenF) June 30, 2021
I want to play training bib Naughts and Crosses with big Ange!! 🍀😂 https://t.co/wtvwDUE16W
— Laura Bradburn (@LBrad88) June 30, 2021
Hopefully Ange can get the best out of what we have at the minute, but we must recruit quality and soon. The clock is ticking HH
— Celtic Gossip (@CelticGossip) June 30, 2021
Barkas looking better already 😁
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