"They don't do many things for free"; Celtic boss' reaction to classy South Melbourne gesture
Ange Postecoglou has delivered his reaction to South Melbourne’s title-winning tribute to the Hoops.
The Celtic boss’ former club has decided to allow those wearing Hoops kits into their match against Avondale on Friday night for absolutely nothing. This is in tribute to Ange potentially sewing up the Premiership title on Wednesday night.
The Hoops can secure Premiership success should they manage to see off Dundee United at Tannadice. Even a point would get the job done as we look ahead to a massive game tomorrow.
And Ange, who spent 4 years with South Melbourne in his first ever role in management, has reacted to the classy move in an interview with Sky Sports today:
“They don’t do many things for free to be fair because it’s a club that needs its funding! Look it’s great. I love the fact that people are on this journey with me and I can share it with others.
“Just in general it was a tough year last year in the world and for our supporters, particularly the ones here who love nothing better than supporting their team, not being able to do that last year I know they would put every single ounce of energy stored up from last year into this year. I’m sure that release will be something special.”
Celtic look set to set off a major party in Australia with title win
It’s fair to say that Celtic’s exposure in Australia has grown widely since the appointment of Ange. Interest in the club appears to have skyrocketed, with a host of media outlets keeping tabs on our progress this season.
Securing the title will undoubtedly be the biggest story of the season however. It’ll be the achievement heard around the entire country and will likely spark huge celebratory scenes down under.
Ange, of course, appears to simply be taking all of this in his stride. He knows there’s still a job to do and he knows how much Celtic means to those back home. The pressure that’s on his shoulders is massive, but he doesn’t show any signs of an individual struggling to deal with it. He doesn’t have the look of a man with a heavy burden.
And it’s that calmness that has helped ease the supporters and no doubt the players at certain times this season. He’s been level-headed whenever results have been poor and he hasn’t gotten too high during the big victories. He’s steadied the ship and then some.
It’ll be great to see how our title win is reacted to around the world. The nature of the achievement shouldn’t be underestimated just because of how much we’ve dominated the last decade or so. The rebuild was monumental and anyone with any slight interest in the club will know that.
Come Wednesday night, here’s hoping we can finally start celebrating properly.