Ange Postecoglou: “He’s starting to do my head in,” Barry Ferguson

Former Rangers captain, Barry Ferguson has come and stated unequivocally that Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou is beginning to get on his nerves. The ex-Scotland midfielder has had to watch Postecoglou come from the other side of the world less than two years ago now and completely change the complexion of Scottish football – for what looks like the foreseeable future.

Celtic v Livingston – cinch Premiership – Celtic manager Angelos Postecoglou applauds the fans after the final whistle in the cinch Premiership match at Celtic Park, Wednesday February 1, 2023. Photo Andrew Milligan

Ange arrived late to the show and in dire need of a squad overhaul; with wantaway players and many out of contract and surplus to requirements, the Greek-Aussie had to do a root and branch job at Parkhead in his first few transfer windows. It started with a spate of comings and goings and we managed to gel so well together that we had a League Cup won in December of 2021, literally a few months into his reign as manager.

Then, with a few January transfer window additions from England and the J-League where Ange used to manage Yokohama F. Marinos, we hit a major stride which saw us leapfrogg Fergusons favourote Tribute Act to leave them in the background lost and forlorn at what had just happened in the space of merely a few months. From a party at George Square, to smashing up the city for a different reason this time.

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou is seen during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Kilmarnock FC at on January 07, 2023. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Yes, it has been hard to take for the men at Ibrox and their legions of knuckledraggers, and the pain doesn’t look like being over anytime soon – Ange added even more firepower to his squad this year and it looks quite the formidable side at this current moment in time. That is what has got the old Rangers player quite aggravated about this Celtic manager. Speaking on the Go Radio Football Show, he said: “Postecoglou – he’s starting to do my head in [he joked]. No, listen they are relentless at this moment in time and you see the changes he makes. That’s been the difference.

“If they [Celtic] are not having the best of games he can go and make a triple change and when these subs come on they don’t make the team any weaker. That’s the strength he’s got in his squad – real quality. You have to respect the job he’s done over the last 18 months or so. The quality of players he’s brought in has impressed me. Its two teams that are in fine form, both attacking minded so I think it will be a cracker.

TheRangers really need to match their energy levels which is something about Celtic that impresses me. Their quality has been there but their energy levels is what needs to be matched. There will be goals in it [final]for the simple fact that both of them play so openly…come Sunday whoever turns up on the day and produces the goods will win the game.”

Hard lines, Barry son.

Paul Gillespie

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I'm a Garngad Bhoy through and through. My first ever Celtic game was a friendly against Italian side Parma at Celtic Park, in 2002. Currently a student of English Literature and Education at the University of Strathclyde for my sins. Favourite game would be a toss up between beating Manchester United with that Naka freekick, or the game against the Oldco when Hesselink scored in the dying seconds. I'm still convinced Cal Mac is wasted playing that far back.

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