The Scottish media is already inviting pressure onto Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou

By David Walton

July 12, 2021

He may not even have taken charge of a competitive game yet, but it appears the Scottish media are already trying to throw some unnecessary pressure onto new Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou.

The new Celtic boss has consistently fronted up to the challenges that lies ahead of him. On Saturday he made it perfectly clear that he wants some players in and is looking to have some news this week [Daily Record].

However, today, in a column from Keith Jackson in the Record, he’s been warned that his reputation is on the line against Midtjylland next week.

It’s stated that Postecoglou will struggle to erase the first impressions made should we lose to the Danes in UCL qualifying. In other words, hyping up the idea that Postecoglou will look as though he has no idea what he’s doing if we get bundled out.

That couldn’t be any further from the truth, and the Celtic fans will know it too.

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It frustrates me the general negativity surrounding Postecoglou from some quarters of the media. Here, he’s made out to be a novice who’s thankful for the job and will do what he’s told.

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That’s a fine verdict to make if we’re six months down the line and we haven’t signed a single target. The assumptions surrounding our new manager are so patronising, and fans can’t allow them to be divisive.

If Celtic lose to Midtjylland, it’ll be a blow. Will Postecoglou be criticised for it? Probably if there are tactical decisions made that are difficult to understand. But please spare me the “his reputation is on the line” drama. It’s matchday one for him and his rebuild has nowhere near begun. When he’s built his own squad, then he can be judged fairly.

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It’s difficult to remember this kind of negative narrative when Steven Gerrard was appointed Rangers manager. He didn’t even have a managerial CV before he arrived at Ibrox and was heralded by those in and outside of the club as a Massiah. What a contrast compared to the early treatment of Postecoglou.

Trying to invite unnecessary pressure onto him when a single signing is yet to come in is grossly unfair. If Celtic go out against Midtjylland, the anger from the fans will turn to the boardroom.

We’ll all know who’s to blame, and it won’t be a manager who has yet to be backed.

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