"I'm not at their house"; Ange Postecoglou's brilliant answer on behind-the-scenes Celtic demands

By John McGinley

September 16, 2022

Ange Postecoglou has given insight into the day-to-day work Celtic players have to maintain in order to live up to his standards of improvement and progress.

The Celtic boss has made no secret of the fact that he wants the performances of his team to improve every week on a gradual journey towards consistent domestic success and Champions League level form.

In his press conference today, Postecoglou made it clear that supporters only really see a fraction of his squad go through to deliver what we see during any given 90 minutes.

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He said [Celtic YouTube]: “Everyone kind of sees the end product, and that is the game. They hopefully see us improving as a team, performance by performance. But the real work happens in between that. The real work happens in training every day. Even away from training, how they conduct themselves in their private lives because it all feeds into performance.

“They come in here every day, irrespective of what happened in the previous game, looking for improvement and for ways to be better. That’s a mindset thing. You wake up in the morning, and you want to be the best you can be, a little better than the day before. That won’t happen just because you play well in a game. It’s what you do in between.

“What they do at home, their whole life, a footballer’s career is very brief in the context of how long they have on this earth. I hope they all have long and healthy lives, but their football career is less than a tenth of their life, so you’ve got to invest everything into that time you’re a footballer to be the best you can be.

“We try and provide that environment here so the moment they get through the gates, they answer to me if they’re not pushing themselves. But when they leave the gates, I’m not in the car with them, I’m not at their house. So it’s what they do there that’s equally important for them to fulfil their potential.”

Typically excellent stuff from the manager. This is why Celtic have made great strides over the last 15 months and why we can feel hopeful about the direction of the club in the future.

Postecoglou wants the very best, but he also wants his players to take accountability and ownership of their improvement. That’s the perfect blend of motivation, as is plain to see each week on a matchday.

In other news, Aaron Mooy shares Celtic dressing room reaction to Warsaw events; what Ange said.