What Brendan Rodgers has told Ange Postecoglou about Celtic Park Euro nights
Ange Postecoglou has stated that Brendan Rodgers bigged up Celtic Park European nights to him when he first got the job.
Ange is gearing up for his first ever UCL campaign as he becomes the first Australian manager in history to manage in Europe’s premier club competition.
Rodgers, meanwhile, managed to take Celtic to the group stages on 2 occasions. The Hoops qualified for the competition in 2016/17 and 2017/18, setting up glamour matches against the likes of Manchester City, Barcelona, PSG, and Bayern Munich respectively.
And as Ange waits to see who the Hoops will get, he says Rodgers has been “really good” since he got the job last summer.
Speaking to Stan Sport about qualifying for the UCL, Ange said: “When I got the job Brendan Rodgers reached out to me and he’s been really good. He said that European nights at Celtic Park are something special.
“That was the big carrot this year. We knew that winning this year potentially meant qualification which is massive. If I needed any further incentive to get us any further over the line this year then this was it.”
Brendan Rodgers delivers insight to Ange Postecoglou ahead of Celtic UCL campaign
It’s going to be a huge experience for Ange and the Bhoys this season. Only James Forrest and Callum McGregor remain from the squad that reached the UCL back in 2017. So it isn’t just the manager who’s going to experience a raucous Champions League night at Parkhead for the first time.
Sure, they had a taste of it during the Europa League group stages against the likes of Bayer Leverkusen and Ferencvaros. Bodo/Glimt at home, meanwhile, was an anti-climax in the Europa Conference League.
Now, it’s time for the main event. There’s nothing like the spine-tingling atmosphere Parkhead delivers when the likes of Pep Guardiola or Jurgen Klopp is in the opposition dugout. There’s real pride when you look down and see them trying to figure out a way to combat Celtic at Europe’s top table.
Postecoglou will undoubtedly have his own element of pride heading into it too. Not just because he’s the first Aussie to do so, but because so many didn’t think he would reach this level of success in Glasgow.
Celtic weren’t supposed to return to the Champions League next season. Next year was supposed to be the campaign in which we focused on domestic concerns and took our title back from Rangers. But the truth is that Postecoglou is operating one year ahead. Such is the nature of the progress this term.
Hopefully, Ange can do what Brendan Rodgers never actually managed – home victories in UEFA’s showpiece event.