Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou comes out shining after whirlwind week

By David Walton

September 12, 2021

It’s been an absolutely chaotic week at Celtic, and one that could’ve totally blown up in the face of manager Ange Postecoglou.

He’s had to deal with Dom McKay, one of his closest allies at the club, leaving Parkhead in a shock move. He’s had to try and integrate four new players from Portugal, England, Ireland, and Greece into the Scottish footballing environment. Not to mention ensuring he ensures we comfortably beat Ross County without our best striker in Kyogo Furuhashi.

This has perhaps been up there for one of the most difficult weeks Postecoglou has had to deal with in the job. Yet despite all of the challenges he’s had to face, he’s come out of it looking stronger than ever.

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How he’s reacted to McKay’s exit for a start has been terrific. He’s immediately put fans at ease over his own commitment to the club. Whilst he has said the departure of the outgoing CEO is a surprise, he’s clearly still confident that he can press ahead with rebuilding the football club.

In other words, despite the undoubted mess McKay’s shock exit has left the club with, Postecoglou is keeping everything calm with regards to his players and the supporters.

As for the integration of his new signings? No bother at all. Postecoglou did just what he’s done since arriving at the club – give them a chance to impress immediately.

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Celtic get through tough week with Postecoglou bagging three points

Jota and Cameron Carter-Vickers both made their Hoops debuts against Ross County. Granted Giorgos Giakoumakis and Liam Scales have still to make his own debuts. But fans appreciate the opportunity to see their new acquisitions immediately if they’re fit. It’s also worth stating that both men shone in their first outings too.

And whilst Postecoglou was also undoubtedly rattled by news of Furuhashi’s injury, the ship remained steady come full-time yesterday. Impressively, Celtic still managed to notch three goals and a clean sheet to bag a crucial three points in comfortable fashion against County.

No, the Staggies won’t be the hardest assignment these players will have domestically this season. But when you consider the uncertainty surrounding the football club, it was vital to keep the morale positive on the pitch.

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Postecoglou has had to negotiate plenty of new challenges this week. Even still he manages to come across totally unfazed by it all. He has a demeanour that makes any massive blow seem like nothing more than a minor inconvenience.

Sure, things may be different behind the scenes after the events of this week. But Postecoglou has impressively managed to guide the club through the controversy and come out shining.

Real Betis awaits him on Thursday night in potentially our toughest assignment of the season. But not even that will have the Hoops boss quaking – so far he continues to show nothing but nerves of pure steel.

Exactly what you need if you want to become a successful Celtic manager.

In other news, James McCarthy return gives Celtic much-needed depth at the right time

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