“I reckon they’re talking from an agenda or some sort of bias,” Ange Postecoglou

Great to hear Ange Postecoglou defending Celtic today and hitting out at biased, agenda driven ctitics who are eager to push Celtic into a similar category as theRangers as Champions League whipping boys with the Ibrox side losing 4-0 in Amsterdam (a result that looked much worse when Ajax then lost their next home match 6-1 to Napoli) and on Wednesday night 7-1 to Liverpool at Ibrox, an all-time record defeat for the 2012 formed football club.

Celtic are not Champions League fodder but have had our own problems infront of goal. Indeed Celtic have arguably been the better team in three of the four matches played and one of them was against the Champions of Europe.

“If anyone can tell me that we don’t deserve to be there or we’ve been outplayed or looked out of place, then I reckon they’re talking from an agenda or some sort of bias,” Ange Postecoglou said as the Celtic manager came out with all guns blazing as the gloves, at long last came off against the biased, agenda driven critics in the Scottish media after Celtic’s Champions League frustrations continued on Tuesday night in the 2-0 defeat at home to RB Leipzig in a match that Celtic could easily have won.

“Living here for 18 months I’ve seen the Scottish national team go from heroes to no hopers to heroes again, so I understand this whole boom/bust cycle that everyone loves to get into here and the whole woe is me,” the Celtic manager said at today’s media conference ahead of the match against Hibs at Celtic Park tomorrow afternoon.

“If anyone can tell me from the four games we’ve played that we don’t deserve to be there or we’ve been outplayed or looked out of place, then I reckon they’re talking from an agenda or some sort of bias because the only questions I’ve had after each of our games have been about opportunities missed.

“Opportunities missed suggests to me that we’ve got to improve some areas, for sure 100 per cent, but it doesn’t say to me that somehow we should think that we don’t belong in a competition that we’ve earned the right to be in.”

Ange was also asked about the results achieved by Maccabi Haifa who defeated Juventus and Club Brugge topping their Champions League group, and the Celtic manager reckoned that these things simply proved his point that longevity is key. Ange has previously stated that he is no miracle worker and it is going to be a case of Celtic keep chipping away to make a major impact in

“Look at those clubs historically, have they always had those results? They haven’t,” the Australian added.

“So what it means is, the longer you’re in this competition the more opportunities you have to grow and make an impact. You’re not going to go in there for the first time and expect that you’re going to dominate the most prestigious club competition in the world.

“At no stage do I believe, or any objective observer would believe, we have looked out of place in this competition.”

Jota celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League group F match between RB Leipzig and Celtic FC at Red Bull Arena on October 05, 2022. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Meanwhile the Celtic manager confirmed that he will be without Jota, David Turnbull and Stephen Welsh tomrrow alongside the two longer term casualties Carl Starfelt and Callum McGregor.

Liel Abada is in the squad after recovering from the dead-leg that forced him to go off in the first half of the Champions League contest on Tuesday night.

Back onto the Champions League and Chris Sutton goes Strictly Len Goodman brandishing his Seven scoreboard while slagging off Ally McCoist. The truth is that theRangers are a laughing stock in the Champions League and that’s why others eek comfort in trying to lump Celtic in alogside them.

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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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  1. If Ange thinks we haven’t been outplayed he’s smoking something. He says the more you play in the CL the better you get, but, but I doubt if it’s experience causing that ,more a case of how much money you have. Even teams that lose 7 goals create chances.