Former Bundesliga player describes Celtic boss Postecoglou's ruthless edge; compares to Klopp

By John McGinley

July 23, 2021

Former Borussia Monchengladbach and Brisbane Roar midfielder Thomas Broich has given new insight into Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou.

Celtic supporters are quickly getting used to the stylings of Postecoglou, both on and off the pitch.

However, there’s plenty about the Greek-Australian we still don’t know so getting more background on his history and how he goes about his business is always useful.

Step forward Broich, who worked with him extensively as his star midfielder at Brisbane Roar.

The German ex-pro has compared his former boss to Liverpool leader Jurgen Klopp and has shared an anecdote about how ruthless Postecoglou can be.

Speaking to The Scottish Daily Mail (23/07 print edition, page 83), he said: “Ange changed my life, that’s for sure. And there is more to him than just tactics and training. He’s a great storyteller. He gets players to buy into things, especially when the road is rocky, which it will be when you’re that ambitious.

“At Brisbane, he talked to us about the road less travelled, told us stories about how he picked us. He would tell us we were average players — or even losers, guys who weren’t happy with football, maybe ready to give up football altogether, in my case. When he found this group of players, he truly believed in us. That was a major factor, to trigger people, to tell great stories.

“He made us dare to dream. That’s the essence of every great manager. When Jurgen Klopp took over at Liverpool, the first thing he did was to transform the perception of everybody at the club. He started to tell a new story, to develop a new narrative. Ange’s standards are exceptionally high, although he’ll give players a chance and he will be fair.

“When I was his key man, I disrespected him after he subbed me off because of injury. He said to me: ‘I don’t want to know what that was all about. And I know you’re a super important player for this team. But, if you ever do this again, you will not play one more minute for this club.’ That’s how ruthless he can be. How ruthless he has to be.”

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We’ve already seen a bit of that ruthless edge at Celtic. Postecoglou has already made it clear he’s not interested in the personal dramas of players who don’t want ot be involved at the Bhoys.

Kristoffer Ajer didn’t play a single game in pre-season while his exit was sorted out.

Meanwhile, he’s shown determination when it comes to inclusion too, giving Olivier Ntcham and Boli Bolingoli new chances at the club despite seemingly being on the outs.

It does seem like we have plenty more to learn about Postecoglou and the way he does business though. Let’s hope it’s on the way to success, as it was for Broich.

In other news, Celtic targeting Brazilian youth international for right-back role.