CELTIC’S title-winning manager Ange Postecoglou won’t have too much quality time with his family to celebrate his 57th birthday today.
The Hoops boss is still mulling over the Champions League draw that has paired the Parkhead men with mentor Ferenc Puskas’ old team Real Madrid, the current European king pins who have won the silverware 14 times.
And he has another Premiership hurdle to overcome at Tannadice tomorrow at noon when his table-toppers face Dundee United.
It’s been a whirlwind 14 months since the Greek-Australian took over as team chief of Celtic and we sincerely hope he has better luck enjoying his big day than he did this time last year.
A day before his 56th birthday, the Hoops lost 2-1 to AZ Alkmaar in the second leg of their Europa League Play-Off Final in the Netherlands. Thankfully, the side were 2-0 ahead from the first game in Glasgow and made it through to the group stages of the tournament.
Postecoglou was also two days away from his Glasgow derby debut at Ibrox and, unfortunately, that didn’t go quite according to plan when Filip Helander headed in the only goal of the encounter in the second-half.
At that stage, the gaffer had been in charge for 10 competitive games and had won six, lost three and drawn one.
Changed days! Celtic go to Tayside for the fifth league game of the season following four successive victories over Aberdeen (2-0), Ross County (3-1), Kilmarnock (5-0) and Hearts (2-0).
All at CQN wish Big Ange a very happy birthday and hope he gets some time to blow out the candles on his cake.