"We're on the way"; Ange Postecoglou brilliantly talks up his class bond with the Celtic support
Ange Postecoglou has been talking up his positive relationship with the Celtic support as the bond continues to grow.
Postecoglou had a rocky start to life as Celtic boss in the opening couple of months. However, after a big 2-1 win at Aberdeen back in early October, the wounds healed nicely as the Hoops went on an impressive revival.
Victories against the likes of Motherwell, Hibernian, and Dundee have followed away from home. Not to mention back-to-back wins against Ferencvaros in the Europa League. All of those have led to an increase in appreciation for the job being done by the former Yokohama Marinos boss.
And as he reflected on his relationship with the Celtic fanbase in the build-up to today’s AGM, it’s clear he views it as an important part of the job.
Speaking in his pre-AGM video interview, Postecoglou said: “It’s vital. I said when I walked in it was me introducing myself not just to a football staff or football squad, it was introducing myself to the millions who are passionate about this football club. It was my goal hopefully to get them all to believe in me as much as what I did and what I said.
“We’re on the way, we’re not quite there yet. I think the real belief will come when I produce something significant and that is success for this football club, which I understand.
“But they’ve been hugely supportive of me so far. It’s humbling but also very motivating for me to make sure I complete the task.”
Ange Postecoglou and the Celtic supporters already showing how much they appreciate each other
It was always important that Neil Lennon’s successor took to the Celtic supporters. Just as it was vital the supporters took to the individual. In many ways then, Postecoglou and the Celtic support feel like a match made in heaven.
The Greek-Australian has been able to come into a new country and implement a superbly entertaining attacking brand of football. A style of play synonymous with Celtic. A style of football we’ve craved over the decades.
In addition to that, Postecoglou has been able to appreciate and absorb the values and culture of the club. He’s been doing everything he can to familiarise himself with all of it, and you can see it paying off as his bond grows with the supporters.
The biggest compliment you can pay him is that it feels as though he’s been in the job for years. He no longer feels like a newbie still finding his way in Scottish football. Everything from the media scrutiny to Scottish football opposition – he’s managed it all brilliantly.
Of course, winning games always helps. There was a period early on when the former Yokohama boss was under real pressure. Struggling to get momentum under his belt led to the narrative of him being too inexperienced for this level being thrown about. He’s fair thrown that back in the faces of his accusers.
But it’s like he said, long-term success isn’t guaranteed. For all of Postecoglou’s work has been impressive, we still sit 4 points behind in the title race. Until he makes us top dogs in Scotland again, there will always be questions marks.
One thing’s for certain though – he’s certainly on the right path.