"I'm alright, mate"; Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou still raring to go after intense start

By Euan Davidson

August 21, 2021

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou could be forgiven for looking a little bleary after his start to life in Glasgow.

With an intense amount of pressure on his shoulders, following what was a controversial hire from Celtic’s point of view, anyone else would need a week in bed. He’s not only turned around the club results-wise, but in the style of football.

That, and he’s been poring over the transfer market to replenish a rather threadbare squad. All while getting used to the time zone, sorting his own accommodation out, and getting to grips with an entirely different culture.

Even typing that out is tiring.

Yet, Postecoglou is still as enthusiastic as ever. The Celtic manager said [Daily Record]:

“I’m all right mate, I don’t run around at all. I just sit down and do what I do.

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“I’m enjoying it. I’ve been through these periods before when as a manager you feel like you’re not doing a lot of training, so you can’t get out there and work with the players.

“You have to find other ways to get information across, and rely on other people to get the players back up in terms of recovery.

“I’ve still got bags of energy – so there are no problems there. I’m looking forward to what’s ahead.”

With an energy that matches his football, Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou is impressing everyone

Yes, it’s still very early days for the Greek-Australian manager, but you can’t argue with the results we’ve had thus far.

Few in the Celtic support would’ve expected such a flying start. After very understandable defeats to FC Midtjylland and Hearts, the Bhoys have picked up 5 wins on the bounce, including impressive victories over AZ Alkmaar, Dundee and an act of vengeance against the Jambos.

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Again; you could totally understand if the manager was flagging a bit. But he’s absolutely grand. It’s remarkable. More to the point, I don’t think there’s anyone who’d blame him if he said “Actually, I could use a week off”.

His personal energy and intensity has no doubt rubbed off on the players. Some of last year’s peripheral figures, or players who disappointed, have been in sensational form. Anthony Ralston has gone from default option to being tipped for a Scotland cap. Ryan Christie is starting to look like his best self again.

It’s incredibly promising stuff, that has Celtic supporters dreaming again. What a relief it is then, to know that our manager has the requisite energy for the task.

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