New Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou is a man who can and will stand up for himself.
We don’t know a lot about the new boss, but that much is already clear after facing the press and supporters yesterday.
Postecoglou actually made the admission that nobody knew who he was in this country before he was linked to Celtic. He’s quite self-deprecating about that.
However, he doesn’t see it as a reason to diminish his achievements, or what can be achieved at Celtic.
Addressing the snobbery aimed at his career so far, he told The Daily Record: “If the perception is I worked at a lower level, then it’s a matter of opinion. I’ve coached at a World Cup and against some of the best teams in the world.
“That’s just life. I think people look at what’s immediately in front of you and there haven’t been many reasons for people to look on the other side of the world.
“I’ve never really worried about that sort of stuff. It’s never been a driver in me to try and prove that I’m worthy in some way just because I’ve grown up on the other side of the world.
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“I understand it. I’m sure that Google got a helluva battering when my name came up with people trying to figure out who I am. But that’s okay. I totally understand it but I think people will judge me from what I do from now on.”
The games come quickly for the new manager at Celtic. The schedule will be busy too.
Postecoglou is likely to be playing mid-week to weekend football throughout the summer.
That’s not ideal considering the work needed on the training ground. That’s why these few weeks and the camp in Wales are so crucial.
We’re not expecting a finished product against Midtjylland, but hopefully, the first signs are there of a Postecoglou team.