Ex A League midfielder admits to being left "scrambled" when facing Celtic boss

By David Walton

June 22, 2022

Former Celtic youngster Mike McGlinchey has described what it’s actually like for opposition players to face off against an Ange Postecoglou team.

McGlinchey played in the A League during Postecoglou’s days managing Brisbane Roar. Indeed, McGlinchey was with Central Coast Mariners during the time Ange was rebuilding Brisbane into A League title-winners.

These days, Postecoglou is wowing Scottish football after arriving as an unknown and winning over the respect of the Celtic supporters and media who were quick to dismiss him.

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But what is it actually like to come against an Ange Postecoglou team? McGlinchey has given his verdict as he opened up on how draining it was trying to combat Ange’s tactics. As quoted by the Daily Record, McGlinchey said: “When I was playing against his Brisbane Roar team .. some of the systems he produced just blew your head. You’d be wondering what he was doing as there were players running all over the place.

“I was telling people back home that this guy is the real deal as soon as Celtic appointed him. They never even knew his name! I came over to Australia in 2009 and a few months later he took over Brisbane. That’s when I got to know all about his ability. I had Graham Arnold as my manager who again is a fantastic manager and the pair of them had a two or three year dug out rivalry that was incredible to be part of.

“Ange was doing these rotations with his team that I’d never seen before. I don’t think anyone really had. The frontline was moving all over the place and your head was getting scrambled at times. It could leave you totally bamboozled. They had a 38-game unbeaten run at one point and dominated the league for two or three seasons. So it’s great to see how his career has kicked on. Everywhere he has gone he has had success.”

Ange Postecoglou still to realise his true Celtic vision

McGlinchey’s comments don’t come as much of a surprise. When you have such an intense attacking philosophy such as Ange does, it’s always going to be difficult for opposition teams of lesser quality to deal with that intensity.

It’s why Celtic have given so many teams batterings over the course of the season. Our goal difference ended last season with us having scored 12 more goals than Rangers. 38 more than 3rd-placed Hearts. That shows just how much of an emphasis Celtic put on their attacking play.

Yet you still feel we’re only in stage 1 of the Ange Postecoglou Parkhead revolution. He still has so much more that he wants to deliver at Celtic Park. As good as we were last year, it wasn’t the utopia for us in terms of success or performance levels.

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Ange has already promised that Celtic will come back bigger and better next season. That it isn’t going to be about standing still and simply looking to do the same again come 12 months’ time. Far from it. Instead, there’s going to be an emphasis on scoring more goals and having more control in matches.

Not forgetting the fact that the manager will want the club to be competing a lot more vigorously in the UEFA Champions League next season. That will be a true measure of the progress we’ve made as a club.

Draining the opposition and keeping them guessing is going to be key to our approach next season as teams look to try and figure out how to play against us. It’s exciting to see how we combat those challenges.

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