Postecoglou’s Connection With Fans No More Unique Than These Connections Of The Past

Celtic fans loved Ange Postecoglou and his team. There was a real connection between the manager, his players and the supporters. The passion the boss showed, the way he spoke and the exciting football the team played made sure of that. However, it is not something unique or something that cannot be rediscovered with a new manager.

Many fans spoke of the connection with Postecoglou’s team as being unlike any other, but I think that was just being caught up in the euphoria of the present moment. There were many great relationships with previous managers, which were later sullied.

When Brendan Rodgers arrived there was something like 13,000 fans packed into the stadium to welcome him to the club. He took Celtic back into the Champions League, won an Invincible Treble and smashed theRangers 5-1 twice. Brendan quoted Tommy Burns – his former colleague – and played the role of Irish Celtic superfan. In addition to this, the safe standing area was opened, the team scored 106 league goals, Tierney was a star player, who was also a boyhood fan of the club, and there was a full stadium display to mark the 50th anniversary of Lisbon. That Rodgers later left us in the lurch mid-season means that many forget the whole feel good factor that surrounded Celtic in 2016/17. But it was there.

In 2010/11 Celtic Park roared in reaction to Neil Lennon proclaiming “This isn’t the end, this is just the beginning.” Those words came after the Celtic team broke from tradition by walking out to Something Inside So Strong, in a season when referees were proven to lie about decisions against us, the shame game took place and our manager was sent bombs. Meanwhile, bullets were also sent to our Irish players. Competing against some horrific officiating, sectarian hatred and still almost winning the league after a massive rebuild all had an incredible unifying effect. That season produced the best atmospheres among our support for many years, culminating in a full stadium huddle despite the disappointment.

And finally, we cannot pretend that the connection with the current team is anything more special than that with Martin O’Neill’s Celtic. The Hoops reached their first European final for 33 years under the Irishman’s guidance and had other Celtic fans in the team such as Neil Lennon. Meanwhile, there was a certain player named Henrik Larsson who achieved hero worship, the like of which had not been seen since Kenny Dalglish’s departure. It is also worth remembering that Celtic had been dominated by Rangers for a long time, and O’Neill turned things around with the 6-2 game and domestic treble, before going onto win three titles. That was a phenomenal Celtic side with a lot of passion and much more loyalty than we see in the game today.

PORTO, PORTUGAL – APRIL 24 : Glasgow Celtic Manager Martin O’Neill (C) hugs Celtic player Henrik Larsson as they celebrate the team’s 1-0 victory in the UEFA Cup semi-final match against Boavista FC April 24, 2003 at the Bessa Stadium in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)


About Author

Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up on the English south coast with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were previously sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are now available on Amazon.


  1. Great article Liam ….

    “ Every act of perception, is to some degree an act of creation, and every act of memory is to some degree an act of imagination.“
    a great quote from Oliver Sacks , a concise way of expressing what you say .

    Older Celts will remember being told of the barren years pre Jock Stein , and how their Grandfathers told them of the great times before that … I’m in agreement with you in how Martin O’Neill ( preceded by the bunnet ) changed us into what we are today .

    On another note , if you have any contact with other bloggers , the soup lovers who proclaim to be Celtic supporters , yet give prominence to the continuation myth for clicks and cash , Hail Hail 67 , Celtic News Now , and others , they are wrongly drip feeding into the minds of young Celt’s that * rangers didn’t die … that they no longer exist … and the should be called Sevco or therangers .

    They should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves , happily taking their 40 pieces of silver !

    Thanks again for your efforts…

    • Thank you. That’s a great quote. The relationship with Ange and this team was great, but it’ll be great again with a new manager in the future. And yes, it’s important we don’t let decades of cheating leading to liquidation be glossed over.