We are no stranger to hearing how Ange Postecoglou’s appointment by Celtic was meant with derision from the Scottish media.
We witnessed first-hand at his very first press conference how the press viewed him and the appointment. It was an embarrassing day for Scottish journalism. embarrassing day for Scottish journalism.
Just how embarrassing wasn’t known until now. Australian journalist Nick D’Urbano of KeepUp has revealed the behind-the-scenes reaction by BBC journalists and, to be honest, it explains a lot about how Ange was treated by BBC Sportsound in post match press conferences.
D’urbano said, “I was there when he first got appointed (at Celtic), I was doing some interviews with the BBC at the time and I said to them ‘the hardest thing you’re going to have to do with Ange Postecoglou is to keep a hold of him in two or three years’ and they were all laughing at me and asking ‘who’s Ange Postecoglou?’ This and that.
“I said ‘just wait and see’ so it’s nice if you go to a country like Scotland where football is just life or death and he’s changed opinions there. I’m sure he’ll go into bigger and better things.”
But now, Ange has them eating out of the palm of his hands.
They don’t dare try and aim loaded questions because they know if they do, they will be embarrassed on live radio for it.
The Celtic manager now commands respect from the press. The likes that we haven’t seen since the days of Gordon Strachan. And it’s beautiful to see.