"I don’t know mate, you’ll need to do the sums"; Feisty Ange puts the Celtic record straight again

By John McGinley

December 9, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou isn’t in the mood for entertaining the financial implications of tonight’s match against Real Betis in the UEFA Europa League.

Victories in the group stage of the competition are worth around £540,000, with a draw earning clubs around £180,000.

Some would argue that this makes tonight’s match against the Spaniards well worth winning. They’re right of course, but not at the expense of squad health.

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Ange hits the Celtic media mark again

Postecoglou is expected to name a much-rotated side for tonight’s encounter, despite this financial incentive.

The money aspect of it all was put to him by reporters yesterday, but he shrugged off the narrative, telling The Glasgow Times: “I don’t have that at the forefront of my mind to be fair. Perhaps the financial controllers at the club might be thinking the other way, but it’s not something I’m thinking about.

“It’s about freshening up as we have some big games coming up between now and the break that are very important for our season – including the Cup Final.

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“I don’t know mate, you’ll need to do the sums. What is financially more important to the club, is it tomorrow night or what’s ahead of us?”

Ange, it’s absolutely what’s ahead of us and I wouldn’t bat an eye at you registering the 1988 Centenary side tonight and playing them at Celtic Park. That’s how little the Betis match means in the context of our season.

Yes, every game has a degree of importance. It’s also true that tens of thousands have paid money to support the team and be entertained tonight. But the big picture is obvious.

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Keep our key stars away from the fixture. Keep them fresh for Sunday’s match against Motherwell.

This is a difficult enough schedule on its own without the manager and coaching staff making life harder for themselves.

In other news, The absurdity of SFA system has just been brought to light and it’s Celtic who lost out.