"We'll get there"; new Celtic boss Postecoglou promises success his way

By Euan Davidson

June 25, 2021

New Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou is setting no timescale on how long it’ll take for his new club to adapt to his style.

Under Brendan Rodgers, the Bhoys played exciting, attacking football, utilising a high press and width. Unavoidably, there were bumps along the way. Most significantly, the loss to Lincoln Red Imps on his first match day [BBC].

Ultimately, his style did start to get stale, with some questionable results before his shock departure. When Neil Lennon arrived, the freedom players had could be seen right away, much to the club’s advantage. We continued to hoover up trophies. But by the time Lennon resigned in February 2021, Celtic were meandering, narrow and predictable.

On how long it might take for Postecoglou to affirm his tactical imprint on the club, our own Hamish Carton asked:

We spoke to Vince Rugari from your homeland, who I think you know. He had a lot of positive things to say. One thing he did raise was the fact that your teams can take some time to get used to your way of playing, philosophy, the overall ethos. Is that something you think is a fair comment, and how far do you think the Celtic team you inherited are from where you want them to be?

Postecoglou told 67 Hail Hail:

“People always say that it takes time, but I assume everyone wants to be successful. They all like the ending, so I think if you talk to people I’ve actually been involved with, none of them talk about how long it took. They just talk about the fact it was a special time.

“I don’t put timeframes on those things. Sometimes it happens quickly, sometimes it takes a little more time. There’s no doubt you’re not going to see in the first Champions League game, the team flying the way I want [them] to. But at the same time, it’s not to say that we can’t make significant progress quickly.”

“Football that’s going to excite”; Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has lofty tactical ambitions

“My goal is to have this club playing football that’s going to excite every one of you, and we’re going to be successful. I can’t say how that story’s going to be written. Like most great stories, there’s going to be twists and turns, a little bit of unknown. That’s the exciting bit.

He gets results… / (Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images)

“I can’t tell you it’s going to take a month, two months, six months. What I do know is that whenever I’ve committed to the task, at every club I’ve been in, the ending’s been the way it should be. Every day I’m going to work hard to make sure it’s as quick as possible, but I’m not going to take shortcuts. I’m not going to compromise what I’m saying or what I believe just to win a game. Because, ultimately, I want us to be the very best.

“I can’t tell you how long it’s going to take. I will tell you that we’ll get there.”

Exciting times lie ahead for Celtic supporters. After a season of dull, frustrating and unsuccessful football, here’s hoping we have the right man to change our fortunes.

Certainly, he talks a good game. However, he also delivers it. Just don’t rush the guy.

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