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Ange Postecoglou

There are so many online clips, quotes and anecdotes, that it’s difficult to find one that sums up why Celtic fans fell in love with Ange Postecoglou.

The interview he gave after his Japanese Bhoy, Kyogo Furuhashi, had become victim of racial abuse probably did as much as anything to reveal the  true nature of the man managing our team. 

In so many ways, that clip embodies the ethos of Celtic.

Ange didn’t have to adapt to Celtic fans and we did to have to adapt to him. 

In January 2022, when he signed yet another ‘oven ready’ player in Matt O’Riley 

‘I  sign people, not players … ‘

There is an obvious and vital cultural congruency between Ange and the Celtic support.

Going back less than one year ago, who here had even heard of Ange?

 Not many…

Our very own Garry was so quick to let us know we were onto a winner, and a cursory check revealed a manager with valid experience. Winning Senior titles in Two Continents and leading his country as manager to a World Cup.

At no point did this ever appear like ‘second rate’ achievements. Anyone who can win national titles and run an International team to The Asian Cup (2015), has something about them. Australia & Japan aren’t ‘second-rate’ footballing nations, FIFA currently rank them 42  & 23 respectively.  Michty Scotland are 39th and Ireland are trundling along in 47th place.

All the manufactured hullabaloo about ‘second rate’ leagues and no Euro coaching licence,  didn’t cause us any worry either. We recall a much-vaunted manager with an EPL pedigree and European Coaching licence, who couldn’t beat a team from Gibraltar. 

Maybe those Euro Coaching licences ain’t all they are cracked up to be .. when ye really sit down and think about it.

No, the real concerns about the appointment centred around the delay in sealing the deal for a new manager. Neil Lennon had parted company with Celtic on 24th February, 2021 and from that moment in we were led a merry dance by a clearly reluctant Howe, for what seemed like an eternity before someone decided enough was enough!

Close to the Edge… but just not close enough.

Plus, all the gaping holes in the playing squad.  

All this delay was leaving left so little preparation time for whoever was coming in as manager.

Ange was appointed on 10th June, 2021 and was very quick to point out he was on a ‘countdown’ – 40 days – to a Champions League Qualifier against FC Midtylland ( Denmark).

We were slowly introduced to Angeball as a concept, although few could claim to know what that might actually mean.

A brilliant video released by Celtictv gave us a wee insight  … WE DON’T STOP!!

That statement and his apparent drive and focus was reassuring. However, looking back now at the players available in those games, it’s little wonder he failed to get his team over the first hurdle against a team Founded in 1999.

Yet, we were slowly warming to his calm assertive style…

Ange felt it necessary to make an unveiled criticism of the recruitment process, and for the second game in succession, against the Swedes. 

“Obviously I haven’t done a good enough job convincing people we need to bring people in”

Ange Postecoglou appears to take responsibility for Celtic’s latest Champions League failure. 

Nope! He was clearly pointing a finger in the eye of our executives!

Few Celtic fans would blame him for failure at this point. It was more a case of ‘welcome to our world Ange!’

With the club dumped out  the CL before end of July, then closely followed by an unlucky ( dodgy as ..) defeat at Hearts for the opening league game.

Then some cracking performances at Paradise with big league wins against Dundee (6-0) and St Mirren (6-0) sadly tempered, with losses at Ibrox and Livingston. 

No away wins from 3 in the league, was a huge concern for fans.

An impressive away performance in Seville against Real Betis (4-3) offered some consolation. Surely anyone watching our attack that night couldn’t fail but to be excited by Angeball? 

Unfortunately, we had to watch that defence in the same 90 minutes. 

The scare stories about the inbuilt Infexibility of Angeball, with all the excitement up top, and horror movie stuff in defence, seemed be true after all.

At this point it’s fair to say, some folk had already given up the ghost on the League, even although few really thought we could be contenders in the first place.

The script was already written for Most fans…

Ange is a slow starter.

His team learns in the First Season.

Second Season is when it all clicks.

He’s going to be inflexible.

Everyone knows this … don’t they?!

Then the draw at home to Dundee United in the league followed, by an absolute filleting by Bayer Leverkusen (0-4) at Celtic Park … Paradise was like Hades and Ange was revealing his fiesty side in the Pre-Match interview:

“The one thing I don’t like is the condescending nature of the questions…that I don’t understand the nature of the football club…”

“Some people just want to be condescending towards me, they have been from day one, they probably don’t think that I deserve to be in this spot,”

Fair enough Ange mate, but Something was going to have to change and change damned quickly!! 

Despite all the bad news, remarkably, we were only 6 points behind The Rangers, who were failing to capitalise on our misfortunes, we all ‘knew’ that wouldn’t last. 

Fortunately, that’s just exactly what happened, the results did change, and one of those pivotal moments occurred at Pittodrie. In a game that looked like we could just about escape with our first away point of the season – Montgomery combined with Jota to seal a victory on 84 minutes…. 

The scenes after the game will live long in the memory and something definitely clicked that day. 

Apart from never losing another league game all season… which was nice.

Ange – the team – the fans ….got it together. 

Thereafter, a Kyogo inspired attack led to consistent League wins and a League Cup secured against Hibs. 

Some great performances in Europe with 3 wins from 4 games including wins H& A against Fercenvaros and a credible 3-2 defeat at Leverkusen, then a win at home against Real Betis (3-2). 

These performances helped us approach Christmas with some cheer, and eagerly anticipate the Return league match against The Old Firm.

Unfortunately, an injury to Kyogo was a huge downer, but Ange’s first-hand knowledge of Japanese football helped secure 3 players from J League in the close season,  with Hatate in particular catching the eye in a wonderful 3-0 romping of Sevco at Paradise. The attacking play in the first 45 minutes simply melted the Sevco defence. 

Now at the Top of the league and we never looked back.

Ange during all this time had kept up his calm simple positive message – batting back personal criticism and putting the hacks back in their box…Mate!

His pressers are Almost as entertaining as the wonderful football his team play:

Just one wee sour note on Ange … it has to be said, and even allowing for the fact he is spending his first season in Europe. The performance against Bodo/Glimt at Celtic Park was nothing short of shocking. On top of that, failing to put his best team out in the 2nd Leg was a huge error of judgement. The tie was still winnable at just 2 goals down and his team had already shown they were  capable of scoring 2, or more, away from home ( Betis/Ferencvaros & Leverkusen).

Mate…Honestly, what was that all about?

Holding back (stopping) To focus on a league match…against Hibs… surely not?!

It will be interesting to see other views and comments on this, but he seriously needs to learn that isn’t acceptable at Celtic.

He gets a pass tho’ because his First Season at Celtic has been so damn special. The honesty and humility oozes from the man. 

Hardly ever put a foot wrong!

In an unforgettable season it’s clear that He absolutely gets us …

” I found a club with fans that have the same passion for the game as I do…”

Ange baby … we absolutely love you and thanks for  everything you have  achieved so far.

Cannot wait for more…ever and ever, you’ll be the one.

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Sol Kitts
May 28, 2022 9:48 am

Happy birthday Paddy’s Maw.🍷🍷🎂

May 28, 2022 9:52 am

Late on parade today!

Off to London later to catch a train to Glasgow. God,I’m looking forward to it!

May 28, 2022 9:53 am



Not telling you her age,but I’ve bought her a tin of beans…

May 28, 2022 9:57 am

Morning all,

Bobby excellent article and hope you have a great holiday back home 👍👍

Happy Hoopy Birthday to Paddy’s Maw.
Have a lovely day 🎂🎂🎂🎂🍷🍷🍷🍷

May 28, 2022 9:58 am



Mr and Mrs LEGGY!!!

May 28, 2022 10:00 am


I can accept no praise for this,or for yesterday. They are both the work of that fine fella,SALTIRES. Hell knows where I’d have found the time to write them this week…

Hope the celebrations yesterday were worth the hangover!

May 28, 2022 10:19 am

It is pretty obvious that Ange was focussed on winning the title and dropping points after a European game is not unknown.

The idea that intelligence should play no part in a manager’s judgement just because its Celtic is one that makes no obvious sense.

Managers get paid to make judgement calls and when you weigh up the factors of more games in a competition that Celtic were unlikely to win against winning the title, it’s a no brainer if you know the demands more games will put on a squad whose supply of energy is not inexhaustable.

On POTY McGregor certainly was the most consistent but had Kyogo not been injured he would have been a slam dunk.

It was terrific though that there was so much choice.

Great articles.

Bada Bing
May 28, 2022 10:38 am

Uvalde funeral parlours, burying the kids at no cost to the families, another horrific episode in America, there will be another one next week.

May 28, 2022 11:05 am

My apologies SeS,
Excellent article.

Bobby enjoy your trip home but unfortunately I won’t make any of the planned Mini Hoots as I will be here till 5th June.
Anyway have a great time and watch that BRRB who may get you slightly tipsy 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺

St tams
May 28, 2022 11:33 am

Fantastic article, SeS.
I agree , re the Bodo away game.
That tie was winnable and in my opinion, it’s not acceptable for a Celtic team to just give up , when you are 3-1 down.

May 28, 2022 11:47 am

The Gombeen Man @ 8:44 am,

Thanks for the reply, I’ve been throwing some curved balls lately so I need to reign that in – you are a mine of wonderful information.

The changing of names can be significant in the re-writing of history.

It’s interesting you mention the King of Dublin was also King of Strathclyde and Northumbria – I’ve definitely got to search that.

Although ancestraly from the Northern Uí Néill, I was born in Strathclyde – the Picts intrigue me, they are said not to be Geal but many towns originally had Gealic names, the town I’m from Airdrie and of course Glasgow…

I’m not going to go on one re~the pathless path, of course it’s an individuals choice but the fact is our little microcosm has long being asking fholk to wake up to the reality of Celtic FC PLC

“The evil was not in bread and circuses, per se, but in the willingness of the people to sell their rights as free men for full bellies and the excitement of the games which would serve to distract them from the other human hungers which bread and circuses can never appease.“ ~ M. A. Cicero

With Boris Johnson as PM of the UK, we need to wake up…

Auldheid @ 10:19 AM,

Totally agree some great articles and I’m glad Callum got it, he’s really grown as a Captain – yet Kyogo is a phenomen.

Really looking forward to next season.

Hail Hail

Billy Bhoy
May 28, 2022 11:57 am

Brilliant stuff again SES!

I’m conflicted about the Bodo capitulation as I can see both sides. Yes, at 1-3 the tie is not utterly lost. However, perhaps Ange felt that there was no way we were going much further and decided to be pragmatic.

We’ll never know for sure, of course, but we could have overcome them and won another round or two. However, that in turn, might have cost us the title and direct access to the CL group stages. So, I’m happy with where we are. Lets hope next season we don’t have to worry about not having enough good players to try and compete in every game.

Bada Bing
May 28, 2022 12:17 pm

Just watched How Sevco Lost the League ,on BBC last night, typical guff from them

Awe Naw
May 28, 2022 12:46 pm

For all you baldy bastards out there …careful with the shades

May 28, 2022 1:07 pm

Well penned SES, and cheers as usual.
First pint going down slowly,,,but at least it’s not raining

Hail Hail

St tams
May 28, 2022 1:14 pm

It was a disgrace.
But from the BBC, I’m not surprised.

Bada Bing
May 28, 2022 1:37 pm

St Tams- I had to check that we actually won it….

May 28, 2022 2:13 pm

Incredible play off game Wrexham v Grimsby 4-4 with 10 mins still to go

May 28, 2022 2:56 pm


I haven’t seen the programme yet,but I’ll be watching it on iPlayer. It has been described in various quarters as a travesty,but maybe it was actually a wake.

It certainly wasn’t the advertised celebration of Celtic winning the title. It’s ironic that the content played to the hun audience-none of whom will have watched it-while further alienating the demographic it was meant to please.

The brass in London really need to sort their provincial offshoot. Simple as that.

May 28, 2022 3:33 pm

I wonder when the BBC programme was commissioned.
Was it at the start of the season, when they thought Celtic were certs not to win it? 😂😂
Tranent 1 up at Darvel with 25 mins to go, for promotion to Lowland League.

May 28, 2022 3:37 pm
‘If you haven’t watched it yet, don’t bother. Wait for the club DVD, at least it will mention the leagues joint top scorer Georgios Giakoumakis, and I’m sure they’ll mention Calum MacGregor, who has stepped up and filled the boots left behind by Scott Brown, They might even talk more about Ange Postecoglou, and his 31 game unbeaten run…as opposed to just pointing out the pressure he was under and highlighting the boos at a league game.
And they might even dress it up as a triumph, whereas the BBC made it look like a last minute piece of homework cobbled together so the teacher doesn’t shout at them.
It’s a pity, really, as there is a massive audience for decent football programming, especially given the relative dearth of coverage of the game on free to air tv.Although the BBC, and STV, have to pay for footage, there’s little or nothing stopping them from putting together a show about it.
Apart from a lack of objectivity, a lack of creativity and no sense of orginality’.

May 28, 2022 3:59 pm
As Liverpool prepare for the #ChampionsLeagueFinal, one question remains – who will the pride of Everton be supporting?
We travelled to Merseyside to find out…

May 28, 2022 4:02 pm

Congratulations to Tranent who beat Darvel 2.0 and are promoted to Lowland League.
The teams from the East faring much better than teams from the West.
Kelty already in Division 1, Bonnyrigg promoted to Division 2 and now Tranent promoted to Lowland League.
Whereas Auchinleck, Darvel, Pollok, Clydebank, Kilwinning, Glenafton etc are all still stuck in West Premier League.
Benburb must be sick too, they needed Darvel to win to stay up.
It means Benburb finished 14th of 20 and are relegated, as bottom seven go down.

May 28, 2022 4:11 pm


I know sometimes you have a wee look on here.

Condolences on the loss of your Dad Andy. May he Rest in Peace.

YNWA 🍀🍀🍀

May 28, 2022 4:31 pm

Piggybacking on JNP’s junior update:

East region Conference X

Whitburn and Syngenta were all square on points going into final day. Syngenta had a one goal advantage.

Syngenta home to bottom side Pumpherston, who have conceded over 100 goals this season.

Whitburn away to Fauldhouse, also known for a leaky defence.

Final scores:

Syngenta 7 Pumpherston 0
Fauldhouse 0 Whitburn 12


Whitburn go up as champions – Syngenta promoted as runners up.

May 28, 2022 4:32 pm

Belated Anniversary wishes to Mr and Mrs Leggy. 🎉🍷

Happy Birthday to Paddy’s maw. 🎂

Great article SES, I’m with Billy bhoy on the Ange being pragmatic excuse/answer/riddle


May 28, 2022 4:34 pm

Twisty, did you have the correct scores? 🤣🤣

May 28, 2022 4:39 pm


Yeah I’d a £100 double on. 7-0 and 1-12

Hit the bar 😂

May 28, 2022 4:40 pm

Apologies Paddy’s Maw

Belated happy birthday wishes. Hope you’ve had a lovely day

Jobo Baldie
May 28, 2022 4:48 pm

Just learned that me and Mrs Baldie are going out with friends tonight, an informal, last minute invitation which she accepted on our behalf, claiming I told her last weekend that the football season was over. Oh well, I’m sure Madrid v Liverpool would be a poor defenses on top game anyway…. (sigh).

May 28, 2022 4:51 pm

Throw a sickie

Make a remarkable recovery 2 mins before kick off. Sorted .

May 28, 2022 5:01 pm

Jobo. 4.48.
What happened to the guy who knocked back a date to go to Pittodrie? 😉😉😜😜
Enjoy the highlights. Keep the peace.

May 28, 2022 5:03 pm
May 28, 2022 5:17 pm

Belated happy anniversary wishes to Mr &Mrs Leggy 🥂
Happy birthday to Paddy’s maw 🎂🍹
Also happy anniversary to Celtic FC playing there 1st ever game and the rest they say is History 👍🎆🎆—celtic-s-first-ever-game/
Big Packy were you part of the 2 thousand crowd that day 😀

big packy
May 28, 2022 6:10 pm

craig76, yes ya scoundrel 🤩 happy birthday to paddys maw,,,notice all the scousers in our village have the red flags on their cars is there a game on tonight .FFS dont tell wee joan i said that🤩 if i dont support liverpool tonight ill be eating scouse all week, what is scouse, its like stovies we used to have in lanarkshire ,stewed steak potatoes carrots and onions. but what is blind scouse cyber pint for the correct answer🤩

May 28, 2022 6:12 pm


Tell that wife of yours to phone her big brother and he has seniority, so it’s the fitbaw !!!!!!!!!

No me neither ………………. 😜😜😜😜😜

May 28, 2022 6:12 pm

bp For veggies, glug glug *hic*

big packy
May 28, 2022 6:24 pm

ASWGL, how are you pal👍

big packy
May 28, 2022 6:40 pm

got to be honest here, im worried about my best mate jim ,he has not been well a tummy bug, but he has not responded to my e-mail tonight ,not like him,JIM please let us know how your keeping

May 28, 2022 6:45 pm

Superb finale to the Heineken Cup final 🏉

May 28, 2022 6:50 pm

BP I’m doing well thanks, hope you wee Joan and the canines are good 👍

big packy
May 28, 2022 7:01 pm

ASWGL good to here, god bless👍

May 28, 2022 7:11 pm

I was listening to one of these phone pranks today, that these radio presenters do, I think they are stupid, and quite reckless, and I was reminded of one I heard of a while ago, that went catastrophically wrong in America.

The husband was the one who instigated the prank call to his wife via the radio presenter who called the guys wife pretending to be the CEO where her husband worked, and it went along the lines of “Hello this is the CEO of (her husbands company) we’ve had to let your husband go today, and she was duly taken aback, and started replying “He’s given you over 20 good years of faithful service so why now ?” the radio host (still pretending to be the CEO) told her “Well something happened today that we just cannot overlook, he was caught earlier today by one of the firms partners, having sex on his desk with his secretary” he went on to further say “Your husband is now on his way home and understandably is quite upset at losing his job and will need your support and sympathy” there was then a pause and she shouted “Sympathy !! ha” followed by another pause then she said …”I don’t feel so bad now about sleeping with his brother”…cue absolute silence…. then an advert.

big packy
May 28, 2022 7:21 pm

funny thing is when i moved to liverpool mid 70s, everton was my team only because my girlfriend at the time was everton mad, will say one thing tho, the halftime pies were gorgeous,, oval shaped an in a silver piedish ,nearly as good as the parkhead pies,another true story😎

May 28, 2022 7:24 pm

Probably a get out clause there for them on their FFP probe packy, “We buy expensive pies”

big packy
May 28, 2022 7:26 pm

ASWGL no comment😎😎

May 28, 2022 7:27 pm

You watching the RM v Liverpool game later packy ? It’s free on youtube

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