Kenny Dalglish loved Ange Postecoglou's confrontational Celtic interview
Kenny Dalglish has given his full backing to Ange Postecoglou after the Celtic manager set out his reasons for wanting the winter break brought forward.
The Scottish Premiership is currently in the midst of a break until January 17th, when Celtic will play Hibernian at home on a Monday night.
Ten of the 12 clubs in the division voted in favour of the SPFL’s move, although predictable whining emerged from Ibrox as Rangers didn’t get exactly what they wanted.
You may remember Postecoglou’s fiery post-match interview at McDiarmid Park on Boxing Day. The Celtic boss was in a confrontational mood after he finally lost patience with the digging at a common-sense approach.
In his Sunday Post column today, Celtic and Scotland legend Dalglish was quick to back the Australian, saying: “It might be a bit of a long shot, but when the Premiership resumes on January 17, with Celtic hosting Hibs, it would be great to think there will be close to 60,000 inside Parkhead. The same goes for Ibrox, Tannadice, Fir Park, McDiarmid Park, Tynecastle. Everywhere, in fact.
“We want big crowds back in for the rest of the season. The Boxing Day fixture list just wasn’t as good because of the restrictions. Having a maximum of 500 inside the grounds was soul-destroying.
“Players and managers don’t like it. Football just isn’t football when there’s hardly anyone there to watch it. Ange Postecoglou hammered home that point after Celtic’s 3-1 win at St Johnstone, and he was absolutely right.
“There is so much good going on in football just now that it would be a shame if the fans weren’t there in person to share every kick of the ball. We have a great fight going on for the title between Rangers and Celtic.”
Dalglish is a football man first and foremost, so really his thoughts on this issue are not a surprise. They will align with the vast majority of supporters in the country.
Even if crowds at football take a bit longer to come back than a few weeks, at least the SPFL have tried their best to give fans as much of a chance as possible of seeing their team.
The more games with thousands in attendance, the better.