Ange Postecoglou makes his own ‘luck’ – Nothing ‘easy’ about my Celtic job

Ange Postecoglou has vehemently opposed any suggestions that his job as Celtic boss is ‘easy’. This comes after Hibernian manager, Lee Johnson made the implication that the former Yokohama F. Marinos head coach may find Scottish football too much of a light shift, due to his rampant success.

However, Ange Postecoglou has rejected such claims and also inferred from Johnson’s words that they are cynical and deliberate. It’s not the first time it’s happened though, as the newest incumbent in the dugout over at Ibrox also suggested that the big man was ‘lucky’ due to his spending power in the transfer market. Speaking at his media conference yesterday afternoon, he said of those claims: “Every manager is allowed to use their platform in any way they want and say what they want. I don’t think it’s accidental that the words lucky and easy are used.

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In what was a bullish response, Ange cautioned those who have made such claims to get a grip, considering they are in the same game as him, and therefore know the commitment a football managers’ job requires and the sacrafices made along the way in the pursuit of building a successful team. He said: “They aren’t words I would use to describe any manager. If you are in this job, irrespective of anything, the one thing you know is that it’s not easy. If people think I come in here at midday, spend a couple of hours, have a cappuccino and then go home to the family, then they are kidding themselves on.

The Greek-Aussie even went as far as to condemn the comments as premeditated on his counterparts’ behalf and insisted that it doesn’t matter what others think as he and his backroom team work very hard for the success that comes their way. He added: “I think they know that, but the use of those words is probably deliberate. That’s fine. If that is what people believe, they are allowed to do that. What I know is that within this building, nothing comes easy for us.

Ange Postecoglou celebrates with the Celtic support. Photo Kenny Ramsay

“We need to work hard and there are a lot of expectations on the players and the staff every day. That’s what we do. Whether that impresses others or doesn’t, the only thing we care about is our supporters. And they are pretty happy with how we are going. It’s pretty much known that we are playing under huge pressure every week. If other people think that’s easy in some way, then that’s their opinion.”

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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