Setting the Standards – Ange Postecoglou equals biggest rivals St Johnstone’s trophy haul

Ange Postecoglou sat down with Gerry McCulloch from Celtic TV to look back on Sunday’s League Cup Final win over theRangers at Hampden which means that the Celtic manager has now won three major honours as Celtic manager in a season and a half.

That’s one more that the total achieved by Sunday’s Hampden losers in eleven years and equals the record in that time by Scotland’s most successful club – aside from Celtic. That’s St Johnstone in case you are in any doubt as they have won three major honours in those eleven years featured on that Union Bears banner at Livingston.

“We started really well, we knew we had to,” Ange said in his exclusive interview on Celtic TV yesterday afternoon. “We got control of the game very quickly and even though we didn’t create a lot, I thought if we could maintain our composure and make sure that we made them work then there would be moments where we could break them open.

“I sensed in the last 10 minutes of the first half that we were really growing into the game and it would just take a moment for us to capitalise on.

“Both goals were things we do day to day here, they weren’t goals born out of the individual brilliance of a player. It was more of a collective structure we have that allows the fantastic players we have to show the best of themselves.

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“They were good team goals on the back of being really aggressive defensively and getting the ball to the strikers we have that we knew would cause damage.”

Ange certainly went back to Celtic Park after his latest Hampden triumph, even if he didn’t get a lift from Ally McCoist. He spoke to the supporters who had gathered outside and enjoyed watching the celebrations inside Celtic Park where there was a staff party taking place and posed for photographs with the retained trophy.  Then he headed home arriving there at around 8.30pm, presumably leaving the squad to celebrate away from his Australian stare.

“There was a fantastic atmosphere that continued long into the night. When I went out for breakfast with my beautiful wife the next morning, Glasgow seemed a bit quieter – so I reckon it was a big night on Sunday night for some of us.

Watch Ange’s interview with Celtic TV below…

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