"Maybe me mate"; Ange's hilarious response to Celtic man of the match question

By David Walton

April 10, 2022

Ange Postecoglou delivered a typically hilarious response when asked about picking out a Celtic man of the match yesterday.

The Hoops boss watched on as his Celtic side destroyed St Johnstone 7-0 at Parkhead. It’s a result which nudges us 3 points closer to the Premiership title as Rangers head to St Mirren today.

There were plenty of stars who rose to the occasion yesterday with so many contenders to take the man of the match award. In the end, it was given to Daizen Maeda for another energetic performance which also resulted in a goal.

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However, you could’ve chosen any one of the 10 outfield players on the pitch. And when asked by Celtic TV whether it would’ve been easier to just give it to everyone, Ange brilliantly quipped: “Look maybe me mate and just forget the rest!

“No look they’re all great and that’s been a testament to them all the way along. It’s not about who scores the goals or who’s the man of the match. It’s the collective effort of all of the lads that’s got us this far and we’re going to need it moving forward.

“We’ve got 5 games to go now and from our perspective, it’s just about really building on what we’ve started.”

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Ange stakes his man of the match claim as Celtic batter St Johnstone

If managers could get them, you would have to say Ange would’ve been the outstanding candidate for the award yesterday.

Mainly because everything about it screamed “team performance”. There was a selflessness to those Celtic players yesterday and through that came an opportunity for everyone to shine.

You could literally pick out any individual and praise them for what they did individually throughout the game. Even the likes of Carl Starfelt, who wasn’t as worked as last week, was making great recoveries and showing a sign of the pace not many knew he had.

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But really, every attacking player in particular took their moment to shine yesterday. Everyone managed to have their moment in the spotlight. Kyogo, Maeda, Jota, Giorgos Giakoumakis, Liel Abada, Matt O’Riley – they all had their big moments to shine.

Maeda probably wins the award on sheer hard work alone. The fact he was back pressing and looking to hassle the St Johnstone midfield at 7-0 says everything you need to know about his work rate.

But we’re all for it being handed back to the manager given everything he did yesterday paid off beautifully. Another brilliant result as the momentum at Celtic Park begins to look frightning.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou confirms why Tom Rogic came off at half-time in 7-0 Celtic win