They called him the Celtic Caixinha and now he is their fear
The sheer scale of absurd disrespect Ange Postecoglou had to put up with when he made the move to Scotland and Celtic will never be forgotten.
I’m not talking about the Celtic fans who were sceptical after a long season under Neil Lennon – for me, most of them were quickly brought on board. I’m not even talking about the “who is this guy?” takes we had to put up with for so long.
The worst of it was the assumption that this guy would be a disaster based on, well, nothing. They had no knowledge of his work with Australia or in Japan, yet they were willing to dub him the ‘Celtic Caixinha’ when things started slowly at the club.
There’s no denying that the Bhoys found it tough in the opening stages of the season. But there were always reasons for it and signs that things would get better. I certainly didn’t give up on Ange and thousands of my fellow supporters were the same.
That initial period of rocky form in Europe and the Premiership was born from the scale of the rebuild Postecoglou had to enact and the changes he was making to the playing style of the team.
The truth is we are much further ahead of where I thought we’d be right now. If anything the Ange rebuild is ahead of schedule – and always was.
Now Rangers and their supporters fear him. They know exactly who Ange Postecoglou is now. They also know that if Celtic go on to win the league and bank over £30m from the Champions League that it sets up a new era of dominance.
Postecoglou is always about improvement and taking things to the next level. He’s not going to rest on this current version of the Celtic team like other managers did in the past. He’s always going to strive to take us to new heights.
The man commands respect, has the media in the palm of his hand and has a fantastic rapport with supporters. He’s as far from a Pedro Caixinha as you can get.
I get the feeling they’ll be experiencing the harsh end of that for quite a long time.
In other news, James Tavernier left despondent by his 15th defeat to Celtic.