“As all the players do, I wish Ange great success in his next challenge,” Callum McGregor

Celtic captain Callum McGregor outlined his own thoughts as he spoke for the Celtic playing staff today on the news that Ange Postecoglou had decided against extending his stay at the club – and as both CEO Michael Nicholson and Celtic Chairman Peter Lawwell both revealed – they had done everything in their power to try to extend the Australian’s stay at the football club.

“It has been great to work with the gaffer over the past two seasons and to achieve the success that we have, especially achieving yet another Treble at the weekend,” Callum McGregor stated, via the official statement released this morning on the Celtic website that confirmed that Ange Postecoglou had left the club.

“In fact, to win five out of six domestic trophies is a tremendous achievement and that is testament to the real focus and relentlessness of the manager, the players and our whole backroom team who have all worked so hard.

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“I thank all our supporters again for what they have given us this year. The scenes at Hampden and Celtic Park, when we celebrated our success together will stay with me forever,” the multi-treble winning Celtic captain said. “We have delivered something very special to our fans and done it, under the manager’s direction by playing an exciting and attractive brand of football. As all the players do, I wish Ange great success in his next challenge.

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BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 22: (L-R) Ange Postecoglou, Matthew Smith and Dario Vidosic of the Roar hold the winners trophy after the 2012 A-League Grand Final match between the Brisbane Roar and the Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium on April 22, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

“We move on ourselves to our own challenges too. Our performances this season mean we will take our place deservedly in the Champions League and we can’t wait for it. It will be brilliant to have these great nights back at Celtic Park and I am sure our fans are looking forward to experiencing this again, as well as watching us striving to defend all our domestic titles.

“The players will enjoy a well-earned break and when we return we will get right behind the new manager, we will be united and, as ever, will do all we can to bring our fans continued success.”

So that is essentially that. Celtic have said their official goodbyes as as Ange Postecoglou who heads off on a family holiday today ahead of beginning his new job on 1st July.

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Australia’s head coach Graham Arnold announces his squad during a press conference in Sydney on June 6, 2023, ahead of their friendly football match against Argentina in Beijing. (Photo by SAEED KHAN / AFP)

Whether the pleasantries continue remains to be seem as the new Tottenham manager could come back to Celtic looking for backroom staff and also star players and that isn’t likely to be well received by anyone at Celtic or by the support. It’s going to be an interesting few weeks watching how this plays out and more importantly seeing how the Celtic board get on bringing in a new manager who will have his work cut out as Ange Postecoglou is going to be a hard act to follow.

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Rangers v Celtic Scottish League Cup Final Reo Hatate 41 of Celtic Football Club during the Viaplay League Cup Final match between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park, Glasgow, United Kingdom on 26 February 2023. Photo Colin Poultney PSI

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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 editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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