"I love this"; Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou responds to critics

By Euan Davidson

October 2, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou knows he’s being doubted by corners of the media and critics of the club.

Yet, this is absolutely how he wants it.

The Greek-Aussie manager needed time to turn Brisbane Roar and Yokohama F Marinos from middling sides to league champions. That’s exactly what he did, with a brand of football that caught worldwide attention.

Instead of being overawed by the patchy form his team are showing, Postecoglou is adamant this is just part of the process. And in typically charismatic style, he shrugged off a question about pressure over early form.

Postecoglou said [Daily Record]:

“I love this. This is what I’m passionate about and I’ll make sure that we get to where we want to get to.

“This part of the process is not new to me. You know it’s going to be a hell of a challenge because we have changed 50 per cent of the squad, we’ve had significant injuries to key players, we are trying to change the way we play, all of those things.

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“I felt we could have been further along but that doesn’t mean I’m going to shy away from it or that I have lost any resolve in what I’m doing.

“They’ve got to want this as much as I do and as much as the fans do and they’ve got to want to turn it around.

“Over time, I am happy to be judged. But this has been consistent through-out my whole career. Wherever I’ve gone it has taken a certain amount of time for things to kick in.”

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Yes, Ange needs some results. He can shake off the bad form by picking one up against Aberdeen tomorrow afternoon.

But we knew this would be a process. Postecoglou was essentially handed half a first team squad and some youth players when he first started.

It was incumbent on him to make himself known to players, introduce a new, demanding style, identify and speak to transfer targets, and deal with big players leaving.

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That, and a whole raft of other challenges since he began his tenure.

But it’s nothing new to him, and circumstances contextualise the slower than expected start.

Postecoglou has proven in the past that patience is rewarded. His club sides have emphatically won titles and created lasting dynasties. If he’s able to do the same with a club like Celtic, then that’s all the more impressive.

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