"I don't care"; Celtic boss delivers perfect response to post-match question on rivals

By David Walton

March 2, 2022

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou tonight delivered the perfect response when asked about whether he cares about Rangers’ results.

The Hoops managed to keep their 3-point lead at the top of the Premiership thanks to a big 2-0 home win against St Mirren. Goals from Cameron Carter-Vickers and Callum McGregor would end up winning the day for the Hoops.

At the same time, Rangers also managed to get 3 points with a narrow 1-0 win at St Johnstone. The results means that nothing changes at the top of the Premiership as the title race intensifies.

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However, speaking to BBC Sportsound post-match [02/03, 10:02pm], Ange stated he doesn’t care how our rivals get on when queried on whether he checks their results:

“I still don’t know how they got on mate! I don’t care because it makes no difference to us. For us what’s important is that we know that if we’re winning games of football we’re going to be in good shape.

“I’ve said all along it wasn’t looking at the ladder when we were 6 or 7 points behind and I’m not looking at it now. What’s important is what we’re doing. We have a big challenge again on Sunday in another tough game and I think you’ve seen with all the games that they’ve all got a bit of an edge now.

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“Everyone’s playing for something which is great. It’s what you want and I think every game now, not just us but every team, will just be focused on themselves.”

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You have to love this from Ange. It’s brilliant to see him so dismissive of Rangers and you can see that he certainly means it too.

For some, they may question whether there are some white lies being told here. After all, to us it seems almost incomprehensible that we wouldn’t keep ourselves up to date with what was going on elsewhere. It would surely seem logical and it wouldn’t cause any harm.

But there’s just something about the way Ange delivers his answers. He really does come across as though he genuinely has no idea about how Rangers are doing. That his sole focus is on getting 3 points for Celtic and seeing where it takes us.

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This idea of running your own race is positive in theory. It must take away a lot of the stress associated with a title race and leans towards the idea of focusing on self-improvement instead of comparing yourself to rivals. It could be extremely beneficial to the mindset of the players.

It’s certainly keeping us in good form to say the least. Celtic have now won 11 of their last 12 domestic matches. That’s absolutely phenomenal form and won’t get the credit it deserves due to a recent decline in performance levels.

There were positives for the Bhoys tonight and signs that we’re getting somewhat back to our best in the second 45. And it’s clearly coming from a mindset that doesn’t involve any concern or regard for our rivals.

In other news, Celtic tonight delivered something Ange Postecoglou has been crying out for