'Usually run a mile'; Chris Sutton on why Ange is a different kind of Celtic manager

By Euan Davidson

March 19, 2022

It normally takes a lot for any Celtic manager to talk up the chance of winning a Treble, but Chris Sutton has noticed that Ange Postecoglou doesn’t mind it.

The Celtic boss has repeatedly joked about, or made reference to, the fact Celtic are in play to win what would be an incredible Treble. In the past, managers like Martin O’Neill, Brendan Rodgers and Neil Lennon have played down this kind of talk.

Not to say that they weren’t quietly confident. However, as Chris Sutton has pointed out, dealing with the topic directly isn’t the done thing. It can lead to managers being seen as presumptuous or arrogant. Instead, Ange has just acknowledged that fans want to compete for everything; and Celtic are doing just that, domestically.

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In his column for the Daily Record, Sutton wrote: “Usually when managers get asked about Trebles, they run a mile from it.

“Postecoglou hasn’t shouted from the rooftops about winning the clean sweep but he has admitted it’s there for his side. That’s about as bold as it gets from a manager of Celtic or Rangers.

“In fairness to him, however, he’s never wavered in what he’s said all season. It’s always about being focused on performance rather than results – as one leads to the other – and he’s insisted he won’t change a thing for the run-in.

“Why should he? Postecoglou’s principles have got Celtic to where they are right now – bang in the frame for the Treble.”

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Chris Sutton has directly pointed to one of the main reasons Celtic fans love Ange Postecoglou

From day one, Ange Postecoglou has been entirely honest with the Celtic support.

Ok, barring one or two times he sprung selection surprises on us, like Kyogo in the Premier Sports Cup Final, or Callum McGregor against Bayer Leverkusen. We can forgive that, though, because it was great news at the time.

When it comes to his ambitions, though, and the ambitions of the club, he’s always been clear. This club demands success, and it’s up to him to deliver it.

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No Celtic fan in their wildest dreams probably would’ve envisioned where we are now when we were losing to Hearts and Livingston early on this season. To have one cup secured, a 3-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership, and a Scottish Cup semi-final next month is miraculous in itself.

So, as Chris Sutton asks, why shouldn’t he acknowledge the fact that we’ve got something incredible in our hands? Let’s face it, given the consequences, this might be the most impressive Treble since Martin O’Neill’s. Only his first season is truly comparable in terms of the overhaul required.

That said, he had Henrik Larsson, Jackie McNamara, Lubo Moravick, Paul Lambert and more to rely on. If Ange Postecoglou had both a World Cup bronze medallist and a relatively recent Champions League winner in his squad, we’d be having different conversations.

It’s incredible stuff. And so is Ange Postecoglou’s absolute straight-forwardness on the subject. His ambition is absolutely what Celtic needed at this moment.

He’s a different kind of manager, is Ange Postecoglou, and Celtic fans adore him for it.

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