Celtic save the best for last: “Our fans were unbelievable again,” Ange Postecoglou

Yet again Celtic save the best for last at the club’s Media Conferences with Ange Postecoglou. The mainstream media these days are the warm-up acts before the manager relaxes and enjoys his interaction with the Celtic support via the Celtic fan media.

Today Hamish over at HH67 asked the incredible support that the team received in Leipzig on Wednesday night after suffering a 3-1 defeat and also about the process that is involved to make Celtic more competitive at this level.

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“I’m no miracle worker,” Ange admitted, although after the job he’d done last season not everyone in the Celtic support would agree with him on that. “It’s not like I’ve taken over a club that has consistently been in the semi-finals of the Champions League. It does take time.

“We’re not the only club in that situation. There are a lot of clubs like us who want to make an impact in the Champions League but know there is a process to getting there.

“The clubs of our size that eventually get there, it takes time. I’d love to fast-track the process. That’s what I’m trying to do. I think the way you make greater progress is by being brave and bold, not looking to survive.

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“Our fans were unbelievable again. It felt like we were in Glasgow as we left the hotel. It was just amazing. They create such a good atmosphere wherever they go. They supported us unbelievably.

“They’re disappointed, I know, with the outcome, but that’s just fans being passionate and caring. I have no issue with that.

“I think they also acknowledge that we didn’t go to Leipzig to try and survive. We went there to try and create something special. We didn’t, but I think, for the most part, if people see endeavour, I think they’re encouraged by that.

Ange Postecoglou during the UEFA Champions League Group F football match RB Leipzig v Celtic FC in Leipzig,  October 5, 2022.  (Photo by RONNY HARTMANN/AFP via Getty Images)

It was right we acknowledge them at the end – we’ve got a Champions League support, we just need to become a Champions League team.”

The biggest strength at Celtic is this bond between the players and the manager on one hand and the entire Celtic support on the other. The force of all that combined will be there in plain sight on Tuesday night when RB Leipzig might experience a very different Celtic, not one just looking to survive but ready to thrive in the Champions League.

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who 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

1 Comment

  1. Friday night, Ange got my emotions going. A guy who makes sense and makes the future achievable. This guy is on a level of great leaders that will get results. Let’s just put up with the human factor,let’s enjoy what we have. ANGE,the cough is worrying me