One year since the ultimate Ange Postecoglou Celtic quote; similar comment made this week
February 2 – a date that will be remembered forever by Celtic fans around the world.
It was on this day last year that Ange Postecoglou‘s Hoops got their first win over Rangers, and what a win it was.
A Reo Hatate double and Liel Abada finish did the business against a Rangers side who couldn’t get off the Paradise turf quick enough.
And after Celtic’s jubilant heroes had made their way back inside the stadium, Postecoglou delivered without doubt his most meaningful statement yet.
As we reported at the time, speaking to BBC Radio Scotland, he declared: “We’re upholding the values of this football club, not just in terms of winning but the way we play our football.
“I want them to be proud of us. I hope they are proud on the journey home tonight. I am sure they will enjoy tonight, I don’t know how work will go tomorrow for most of them.
“As I said to the players, we had 60,000 in tonight and I’m sure a lot of them walked in with some problems in their life. For this 95 minutes we made them forget that and feel good and that’s something special.”
The words from this ultimate Ange quote are just as moving a year down the line, and still hit at exactly what Postecoglou wants to achieve.
He wants to make Celtic fans feel good watching his team play. That’s as true now as it was then.
Fittingly, Postecoglou was hitting the ball out the park again when talking about supporters earlier this week.
In the lead up to last night’s game against Livingston, he put it brilliantly, saying: “I don’t mind people saying we have the biggest budget because we have the biggest fanbase and we are the biggest club.
“People forget that money is on the back of supporters who don’t have a lot of money and choose to spend a significant portion of it on this football club.
“My role is not to get their money and stick it in the bank. It’s to get their money and reinvest it in the thing they love. That’s my responsibility, why we do what we do.
“If people are saying we are the biggest club in the land then I don’t think that’s something we need to be embarrassed about.” (Football Scotland)
Ange Postecoglou gets it. He got it last February, he gets it this February. It’s a complete privilege to have him leading our club.