"You kidding me?"; Celtic boss couldn't believe what he was asked after arriving in Scotland

By Euan Davidson

November 18, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou admits he was blown away by the reception he got upon arriving in Glasgow.

However, there were some repetitive questions that the Greek-Aussie boss was forced to answer when he touched down in Scotland. Having agreed a move from 2019 J League winners Yokohama F Marinos, Postecoglou was more than ready to face his biggest European challenge yet.

He would’ve expected questions about signings. About his philosophy, and style. Perhaps most pertinently, how he’d recover Celtic from a position of abject failure and a total lack of confidence.

Ange Postecoglou and his Celtic staff / (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)

However, what he didn’t expect was people thinking he didn’t know Celtic as a football club.

Speaking to Gerard Whateley, Posteoglou admitted he was taken aback by assumptions that he’d had little prior knowledge of the Hoops. That’s despite Celtic having an enormous worldwide following, especially in Australia.

Ange said [Whateley]:

“When I landed in Scotland, people [would] say “are you aware of the size of Celtic, are you aware of the magnitude of it”. I’m going “Are you kidding me?”.

“Since I’ve been six years old I’ve known the size of Celtic. It’s one of those clubs that from the other side of the world, everyone knows… it’s one of the most famous clubs in the world.

“To get the opportunity to [manage] such a famous club, get that first opportunity, it was mind-blowing in terms of the context of everything I’d thought about from when I started this journey.”

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It’s not a cliché to suggest Ange Postecoglou would certainly have known about Celtic – it’s the truth

Perhaps there’s an element of tunnel vision, here. We are acutely aware of how big a deal Celtic are in Scotland. Certainly in Ireland.

In England and Wales, we’re a “pub team” in a “farmer’s league” where “my nan” could score 100 goals, according to Twitter, TalkSport, and people who spend too much time playing FIFA.

What we probably don’t realise though, is that there are few places in the world where a Celtic shirt would go unnoticed. If it sounds like I’m doing PR for the club, bear with me, but the Bhoys are a massive, massive deal. Far more than we can probably conceive.

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Ange Postecoglou, and avid follower of football from an early age, would certainly have known about Celtic.

Withe the presence of Scottish ex-pats in Australia, there has always been a Hoops contingent over there. The Glasgow Derbies are a big deal in many metropolitan areas across Australia, as they are in the USA and in Europe.

So yeah – of course a guy like Ange would know about Celtic. You can understand any hesitation about his hiring, but to suspect he’d walk in blind to such a massive opportunity?

Not a chance.

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