The great way Ange Postecoglou wants to pay tribute to Celtic icon Bertie Auld

By Euan Davidson

November 27, 2021

Ange Postecoglou knows it’ll be an emotional day at Celtic Park tomorrow, as fans pay tribute again to Lisbon Lion and Bhoys icon Bertie Auld.

In the first home game since ten-thirty’s passing, there’ll be a few tears and smiles as we remember arguably the most charismatic, loveable Celtic player and supporter in the club’s history.

It’ll be the return of Scott Brown, former Celtic captain, to face his old club at Parkhead for the first time since leaving. He and current Bhoys skipper Callum McGregor will be a big part of the pre-match tributes at Paradise tomorrow.

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As for the fans, it’ll be on us to sing our hearts out in the stands. Just as Bertie always did when he was present to watch his beloved Hoops.

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What about the Celtic manager, then? What does Ange Postecoglou, a man who’s been immensely respectful of the club’s idols, intend to do to mark the occasion?

He told Celtic TV his plans, and they’re exactly what supporters will want to hear.

Postecoglou said [Celtic TV]:

“It’s been a pretty emotional ten days. We shouldn’t miss any opportunity to honour him, and represent him in the best possible manner.

“The way we do it as a team is to go out there and hopefully put on a performance that he would smile about.”

Ange Postecoglou has the right idea about honouring Celtic legend Bertie Auld

You could feel the weight of emotion at Hampden last week. The pre-match displays and 67th minute celebration of Bertie Auld were incredible. No Celtic supporter is likely to forget either in a hurry.

As a game, it was a tense affair, with the Hoops coming out on top through a James Forrest goal in the second half.

Tomorrow, you’d hope for a more cavalier, open game against a team in bad shape. Stephen Glass’ outfit are in shaky form, with the manager coming under pressure.

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How does Ange Postecoglou set up his team for a display that would impress Bertie Auld? It’s simple; the same way he always sets up his teams. When he was announced as Celtic manager, Ange said he was inspired by the Lisbon Lions, after all.

Constant pressure, boundless chances and big goals – that’s how you do it. Anything like the defeats of Ferencvaros, Dundee (twice) or Hibernian would certainly do the trick.

It’s a great attitude for the manager to have. Bertie Auld was always trying to make the Celtic supporters happy, telling stories and singing songs with them far and wide.

Postecoglou’s remit is to make fans delighted with what’s happening on the pitch. He understands that acutely.

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