What Australian and Japanese media are saying after stunning day for Celtic and Ange Postecoglou

By John McGinley

May 7, 2022

Ange Postecoglou’s arrival at Celtic hasn’t just captured the imagination of supporters, but observers from around the world.

Journalists – and indeed plenty of fans – from Japan and Australia have closely followed his progress in Scotland, feeling he is carrying the flag for Asian confederation football.

The addition of a number of Japanese internationals to the squad has only increased the attention from that side of the world.

As I discussed earlier in the week, a number of Australian outlets are actually physically arriving in Glasgow to follow the closing stages of a title triumph that is so close to being assured.

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Today, ABC News carried a match report of the “ecstatic scenes” at Celtic Park, as the Bhoys thrashed Hearts 4-1, describing Postecoglou as “the most successful manager Australian soccer has ever produced.”

The Greek City Times, based in Sydney, wrote that “Snoop Dogg will have to pack his bags and get ready to celebrate in Glasgow” after the rapper announced his intention to do just that earlier this year.

Syndey Morning Herald journalist – and friend of 67 Hail Hail – Vince Rugari simply said on Twitter: “Classic Ange. He just wins things.”

Evan Morgan Grahame, digital content producer for ABC, had some fun with a few memes on his Twitter timeline, with the best referencing the brilliant Christmas advert from earlier in the season.

Japan Times reporter Dan Orlowitz was in reflective mood, paying tribute to Postecoglou for carrying the flag of Asian football in Scotland.

He said on Twitter: “Cannot emphasize this enough – Ange played such a key role in the J.League and is of course a massive figure in the Australian game. He’s gone to Celtic carrying the banner for Asian soccer and it’s fair to say his wins are our wins.”

This was backed up by freelancer Wataru Funaki, who wrote on the social media site: “I can’t thank him enough. Over the past four and a half years, he has taught us what real football is, what we have to do to win every single game, and the importance of believing. He proved that he is the best manager in Asia and one of the best in the world. Maximum respect.”

Celtic 4-1 Hearts | Full-Time Reaction

Celtic 4-1 Hearts | Full-Time Reaction
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Prominent Australian writer Adam Peacock said: “Commentator on Celtic radio: “Fans of this club didn’t know too much about Ange Postecoglou, nor did I to be honest, but we do now!” Surprises are nice, aren’t they? Superb achievement. Brilliant for Ange, and Australian football.”

So it’s fair to say there’s a lot of pride going around right now, not just within the Celtic support but from those who would be deemed neutral, at least prior to Ange’s arrival.

What I’d suggest everyone knows too is that this is just the beginning. Some of these people have told us things only get better for Postecoglou teams after the first season.

It’s exciting to think about what is in store next.

In other news, Celtic will be champions, terrifying trio; 3 things we learned as Bhoys beat Hearts.