"Very different" Celtic boss delivers his verdict on the Scottish media
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has delivered his verdict on the Scottish media after a fast start to life at Parkhead.
Postecoglou arrived in Glasgow after a successful stint as manager of Yokohama Marinos in Japan. His time there saw a more reserved media. making the transition into the hectic Glasgow footballing environment a lot more interesting.
The Celtic boss has taken the press in Scotland aback at times with his knowledge of Scottish football and the game in general. It’s fair to say he’s also been raising an eyebrow at certain questions and narratives he’s been given by reporters even after big wins.
But as he analysed the differences between the press in Scotland and Japan, Postecoglou admitted he simply finds it all fun. Speaking at a fan even in which 67HailHail attended, the Hoops boss said: “In the case of how it’s reported, you’ve got a lot more pundits here let me tell you!
“A lot more pundits who are ex-players of clubs. That’s certainly very, very different from the way it gets reported in Japan. I guess for me it’s entertaining at the moment because it’s kind of new to me after 4 years of relatively reserved media back in Japan to what we’re getting here.
“But as I said it’s all part of the fun, I’m enjoying it.”
Ange Postecoglou enjoying his relationship with the Scottish press
It certainly doesn’t come across as if Ange is struggling to adapt to the different levels of media spotlight.
It’s undoubtedly excessive here, we all know that. And we’re not even just talking about the mainstream media either. Fan media is absolutely huge in Glasgow and Scottish football nowadays. Ange probably hasn’t experienced a media culture anything like this one.
But it’s great to hear that he’s taking to it. That’s half the battle. Celtic managers and players that can’t cope with the media attention are doomed not to last. That doesn’t appear to be the case with Ange. He looks like a figure that’s thriving in our heated environment.
He’s probably through the worst of it already in truth. He’s had to deal with constant question marks being placed on his credentials. There was undoubtedly a snobbery that came from certain sections of the media over Ange’s appointment. But he’s very quickly showing those particular figures up now.
Of course, question marks will rightly still follow him until he achieves what he was brought here to do – win the league title. That’s ultimately why Postecoglou was head-hunted, for his ability to hopefully achieve that one particular task.
But the early signs are promising. Ange is clearly adapting brilliantly to the increased spotlight on both himself and his football club.