Rangers flop's outlandish Ange Postecoglou and Celtic claim

By Euan Davidson

June 26, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has already had to overcome plenty of pre-emptive criticism.

Yesterday, he gave a cool, if scathing response to a question doubting his credentials. Now, for whatever reason, former Rangers goalkeeper Cammy Bell is weighing in on the latest developments at Celtic Park.

Because, well, why not? We live in a democracy, after all.

Bell, who left the Director of Football role at Annan Athletic last month [Herald], made the following claims on BBC Sportsound:

“I think there is a lot going on at Celtic at the minute. I think they have three and a half weeks before a massive game, which Ange will get judged on.

“If he goes out of the Champions League the Celtic fans won’t forget that, so he has got three and a half weeks to turn this around.

“You’ve got Ajer, Edouard, Christie, Nthcham, Griffiths, Hendry gone, Brown gone; so without those players there is a lot of uncertainty at Celtic and they have got three and a half weeks.

“They might not be up to speed by the start of the season. They could be out of the Champions League, and the league could be gone if Rangers continue the form they had last season.

“If Celtic don’t start the season well, the league could be gone within the first month.

“The season could be over within the first couple of months if they don’t start well.”

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou will already be used to this kind of thing

This is “stick this up in the dressing room” material if you’ve ever read it. Postecoglou has been pre-emptively written off nearly everywhere he’s been. He’s also won trophies everywhere he’s been.

So to suggest his Celtic team could be out of the title race by the end of the first month will only encourage him. As for Bell, we have to ask: eh?

Postecoglou will enjoy these kinds of comments / (Photo by Hiroki Watanabe/Getty Images)

It defies footballing logic and mathematical logic to suggest the title could be beyond reach within 4 or 5 games. Obviously, Bell has certain loyalties but even the most ambitious Rangers supporter probably wouldn’t call the title after a few rounds of fixtures. Would they?

Fine, there is a lot of uncertainty at Celtic. But no reasonable Celtic supporter will judge Postecoglou on his first competitive match. We’re prepared for a couple of bumps along the way, Postecoglou has said himself that it might take a little while to get going, but it’ll be worth the wait.

It’s just absolutely baffling stuff from the former Rangers goalkeeper.

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