"I keep saying that to the players"; Ange Postecoglou sends big message to Celtic squad
Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has stated his desire for his team to lay down a marker against Aberdeen in their opening game of the Scottish Premiership tomorrow.
The 56-year-old has enjoyed a whirlwind first year at Celtic, surviving an inauspicious start to win a domestic double and revitalise the club in the mire after a disastrous 2020-21 season.
Speaking in a press conference, regarding the club’s approach as league champions, Postecoglou said: “To be honest, isn’t really something that’s in the consciousness, it’s more that we’re in a different space in terms of where we’re at as a club and a squad.
“If you wind the clock back 12 months ago, it was pretty chaotic. We were going into the first games with players in quarantine, and others flying in, others we hadn’t even signed yet, so pre-season was pretty frantic, with Champions League qualifiers also.
“This is a different feel going into this year. The fact that we’re champions I don’t think is the biggest difference. The biggest difference is just that we’re more settled. We just want to make sure we lay down a really strong marker for the year ahead,”
Last season is already a distant memory for the Australian, reiterating again his desire for constant improvement, and for his squad to reach new levels this coming season.
“We have already put it in the history books, from the first day of pre-season,” he said.
“I’ve stated pretty clearly, we’ve got to be better this year than we were last year if we want to repeat the success. We can’t just roll out there and play at the levels we did last year. It was enough to get us over the line and bring us the success we wanted. But we want to better this year.”
“It’s the same all the time. Every new season. I keep saying that to the players. There’s the possibility to be part of something special.”
“I didn’t start last year thinking: This is going to be a tough grind. I started last year thinking: Let’s see what we can do and can we create something special?”
It’s a message that will resonate with fans who have taken en masse to the Australian, despite few knowing of him prior to his arrival in Glasgow.
Celtic have had a considerably less tumultuous close season this year than last, with most of the club’s major transfer business conducted early, and no suggestion of any first team players departing immently.
It seems that the club is pulling the same, positive direction ahead of the new season, and that can only be a good thing for Celtic going forward.