ANGE POSTECOGLOU completed his hat-trick of silverware as Celtic overcame Michael Beale’s Ibrox side 2-1 in the Viaplay League Cup Final.
The Hoops manager shared the joy in the immediate aftermath of the Hampden triumph.
After lifting the same trophy – under the guise of the Premier Sports Cup – and the Premiership title in his debut term, the 57-year-old Greek-Australian got his second campaign as the Parkhead club’s gaffer underway with a well-deserved victory over committed opponents.
Postecoglou underlined once again he was a master manipulator with his use of substitutes throughout the action at the national stadium.
January recruits Alistair Johnston, Oh Hyeon-gyu and Tomoki Iwata all played in the success and young left-sided defender Yuki Kobayashi’s time will come.
Coincidentally, the scoreline and scorer mirrored the result against Hibs in December 2021 with Kyogo Furuhashi netting another Cup Final double and the match ending 2-1 for the Hoops.
Here is the full address from an overjoyed Ange to the Celtic support a couple of hours after the final whistle.
“We hope that you are enjoying your evening, celebrating another great achievement by everyone at the Club. We are delighted to have secured Celtic’s 21st League Cup victory in front of so many of our supporters at Hampden and with millions more watching around the world.
“These occasions are very special and I’m so proud of the talented group of players, coaches and backroom staff who once again rose to the occasion, to deliver success for supporters such as yourself.
“Together, they put in yet another strong team performance and with your incredible support once again drove us on to victory. It’s another great achievement for this team and one that we should all celebrate together.
“Securing the first piece of domestic silverware on offer this season is really satisfying and is something we will enjoy – and of course we know there are further challenges and more hard work which lies ahead if we are to achieve our objectives.
“We’ll celebrate adding another chapter to Celtic’s illustrious history before our focus returns to the pitch and our preparations for next weekend’s match as we get back to work with one clear aim – to bring yet more success to our magnificent football club.
“On days like today and all throughout the season, your support means everything.
“Enjoy your evening, as we celebrate another well earned success.
“Thank you once again.
“Manager, Celtic Football Club.”