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“There would have been big calls for his head” – Former Rangers player as the Postecoglou bashing continues

These pundits are genuinely infuriating.

And they definitely don’t sense the mood of the majority of the Celtic fans.

The Celtic rebuild was always going to be a massive job. Many pundits, and fans for that matter, had written this season off before it had even started and claimed that Ange Postecoglou will need to be given time.

Oh how much that has fell by the wayside.

Three defeats already, whilst admittedly is poor, in the league had heaped pressure on the Celtic gaffer to the point were many pundits seemed to be gleefully declaring that Postecoglou is running on borrowed time.

After SEVEN games. Yeah, I know.

With a massive player turnaround and some devastating injuries, Postecoglou had been dealt the hand from hell in his maiden season but, hopefully, the result at Aberdeen on Sunday will be the turning point for Ange and his team.

But former Rangers player Gordon Smith reckons that if he had lost against the Dons, there would have been, incredibly, calls for the managers head!

Speaking on the Only As Good As Your Last Game podcast, Smith said, “I actually felt that there would have been big calls for his head.

“The Celtic fans would have reacted to it. If he’d lost that [Aberdeen] game, there would have been a major turnaround, in terms of how he’s been accepted.

“But he got that one way, and as long as he can keep winning, if he loses more games, drops further back in the league, then that will change.

“The fans will have a go because they’re not that happy with him. Celtic are sitting there four wins from eight games. It’s pretty poor form, three defeats already this needs a season.

“Of all the top six teams actually they’ve lost the most games, so they really do need to pick up or else Postecoglou will come under pressure because the Celtic fans really do want to see things turn around and he has to get things going.

They’re very good at attacking style but defensively they’re still vulnerable.

A nonsensical opinion that really does not capture the thoughts of the fans.

These pundits really need to take a deep breath and think about what Ange needs to deal with AND build before spouting these opinions.

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“Aw I’m Loving It Mate. Loving It” – Postecoglou Raves About Celtic Support

I think it’s fair to say all Celtic supporters are feeling love for their new gaffer. The trepidation that surrounded his appointment amongst the Hoops fans has now been replaced with expectation as the supporters enjoy what they are now calling “Angeball” gracing the turf at Celtic Park.

Not only that, the fans are also loving Postecoglou’s honesty and engagement in front of the camera.

Personally I like the fact that when he speaks, he makes you want to listen but also when you watch him being interviewed, he’s focused and attentive and holds nothing back.

It’s refreshing.

When being interviewed by BBC Sportsound after Celtic’s 2-0 win over AZ Alkmaar on Wednesday night, Ange was asked how he is feeling managing in front of a packed Celtic Park and the boss could not hide his pleasure at having the fans inside the stadium, “Aw I’m loving it mate. Loving it and I feel pretty blessed.

I have come in and when we get the full houses back in here and already had some special nights and hopefully there will be many more to come.”

Postecoglou has had his first real experience of the famous Parkhead noise on a European night and there is absolutely no doubt that he will want those to continue as he aims to get past Alkmaar in the second leg.

Not only is Ange feeling the love of the fans but the fans are feeling the love from their manager. The long spoken about disconnect seems to now becoming reconnected with every passing game.

“Box Office Gold” – Ange Postecoglou Is Trending On Twitter. Celtic Fans Love Him

Ange Postecoglou is one thing if anything. Brutally honest.

Brutally honest but cutting on the edge of disrespectful and the Celtic fans love it.

They love it because they have had enough of the usual sound bites from the club and former manager Neil Lennon.

His press conference today was simply brilliant. The way he bats questions away and is already starting to put little bits of pressure on the Celtic board is simple, effective and refreshing.

During the clubs pre match Champions League press conference, Ange was asked if he could potentially pull out a wildcard over the next 24 hours for the tie against Midtjylland and the look on Callum McGregor’s face tells you all you need to know about Ange’s answer:

But it wasn’t just his reply to the press that impressed the fans today. His dig at the fitness levels of the team is a clear, but familiar swipe at the previous manager.

Ronny Delia also made the same assertion after taking over from Neil Lennon’s first reign as Celtic manager and it seems we have gone full circle.

One thing is for sure, the Hoops fans love him and are ready to back him.

They understand the size of the job ahead of Ange and the club and are willing to give him the insurance policy of time.

However, if anything does go wrong at Celtic this season there is one thing for sure, the finger of blame is being pointed squarely at the suits.

Here is a selection of tweets from the fans after todays conference:

Australian Media give Postecoglou Backroom Team Update

With players now incoming and Ange Postecoglou now looking to build the squad ahead of the Champions League qualifier against FC Midtjylland, attention has turned Down Under to who Postecoglou will appoint on his coaching team.

As yet, nothing concrete has been brought forward by the former Yokohama F Marinos coach, until now.

A report from The Brisbane Times has suggested that Ange may already have a man in mind for but when he was asked about the potential of bringing Adelaide United assistant coach Ross Aloisi with him to Glasgow, Postecoglou was very cagey with his answer, “It’s great being here. They’re passionate about football (Celtic fans), I’m passionate about football. Just to be here is fantastic.

“To be fair, I’ve just done training ground-hotel for the last seven days. It’s been pretty busy. I haven’t had much of a chance to get out and about but all the people I’ve come across have been very, very encouraging.

“I’m looking forward to the key part, which is seeing our supporters at Celtic Park, because that’s the one thing people make sure I understand is going to be a special experience.”

Ange is certainly keeping his cards close to his chest but as the momentum builds on the first team rebuild, many will be hoping that work to strengthen the backroom team is just as industrious as the Celtic fans, no matter how hard you try to convince them, are not sold on John Kennedy or Gavin Strachan remaining at Celtic Park.

“Postecoglou wants to keep him” – Reporter gives exciting Player update

During Ange Postecoglou’s first press conference, the new Celtic gaffer gave an indication on where he see’s Celtic misfit striker, Leigh Griffiths’ future.

The former Scotland striker’s contract is up at the end of the month and early indications are that Ange sees a future for the hitman at Celtic Park.

The only unknown is what type of contract Griffiths will be offered. Griffiths is reportedly on £15,000 per week at Paradise and reporter Mark Guidi reckons that if he is offered a contract it certainly won’t be on the current terms as it stands.

Speaking on The Go Radio Football Show, Guidi said, “His contracts up next week. He’s had conversations with Postecoglou. The indication seems to be, reading between the lines, but it looks to me as though Postecoglou want’s to keep him or he’s been advised to keep him.

“But I suspect that he will not be kept on, on the current contract that’s due to kick in. I think it will be on reduced terms with more of an emphasis on appearance. I suspect that the case, I mean reading between the lines, I suspect that’s the case.”

It is fair to say that the ball is firmly in Celtic’s court here and there is a general school of thought that an incentive based contract would be the way forward for Griffiths in order to keep him sharp and focused for the season ahead.

One thing is for certain though. Postecoglou came across as a fair but hard task master and if he has a sniff of any doubt in his head about Griffiths and his commitment, he will be shown the door.

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