Ange’s ambition as Celtic Manager – “To make a consistent impact in Europe”

Ange Postecoglou was perhaps a little more cautious in answering the questions put to him at the Media Conference earlier this afternoon, which was attended by The Celtic Star, asking the final two questions of the day on behalf of the Celtic Fan Media.  One of our questions, on how winning the league in his first season at Celtic, given the shambles he inherited last summer, was from a poster on the Celtic Noise forum after we asked supporters to submit a question that we’d put to Ange on their behalf.

The Celtic Star question was on the pursuit of European glory being Ange’s ultimate ambition as Celtic manager with today being the 52nd anniversary of Celtic’s second appearance in a European Cup Final. Jock Stein also walked in on the club at a low point yet with a few years had turned us into the Champions of Europe. We asked Ange what he could learn from that.

Here’s how the Media Conference went today with the Celtic manager ahead of the match against Hearts tomorrow lunchtime, remember it’s a Noon kick-off folks…

A Celtic supporter ahead of the 1970 European Cup Final in Milan.

READ THIS…The sad story of Celtic’s second European Cup Final, losing to Feyenoord on this day in 1970

Q: You got confirmation that the winners of the Scottish Premiership will go straight into the group stages of the Champions League, how much will that enable you to build for next season if you get over the line?

Ange Postecoglou: “Yeah, I guess it is a great opportunity for us and not just a build but to structure our whole pre-season programme pretty differently than we have in recent years . There’s a whole host of things that come along with it and should we get over the line and get direct qualification it gives an opportunity for to really strategically plan next season with some certainty.”

Q: If you win this weekend and other results go your way you will be crowned champions, does it bother you how or when you win?

Ange Postecoglou: “From my perspective, we want to finish strong and we want to play as well as we possibly can in these last three games starting tomorrow and if that coincides with us getting the prize then great. Ultimately we are still in the position where we need to play well in the last three games and get the results we need.”

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The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

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