ANGE POSTECOGLOU insists Scottish football has not learned anything new following Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side exploits in Europe this season.
The Celtic boss was responding to a question as he spoke to the media before Sunday’s High Noon showdown with their Glasgow rivals at Parkhead where a win will move the Hoops nine points clear with three games to play.
The Govan club lost 1-0 in their Europa League semi-final against RB Leipzig in Germany last night ahead of Thursday’s return match in Glasgow.
Celtic, with the legendary Jock Stein in charge, became the first UK club to conquer Europe when they defeated the famed Inter Milan 2-1 in Lisbon on May 25 1967 and since that date Willie Waddell’s Rangers and Alex Ferguson’s Aberdeen have both lifted the Cup-Winners’ Cup in 1972 and 1983 respectively.
THE GLITTERING PRIZE…Billy McNeill with the European Cup in Lisbon 1967.
Postecoglou dismissed comments their city neighbours had blazed a trail for Scottish football with their run to the last four of the Europa League.
Asked if the Ibrox side’s sequence of results demonstrated how Scottish clubs can make their mark and whether it gave him a taste for the upcoming campaign, the Greek-Australian gaffer, speaking to the Daily Record, answered: “Scottish clubs, including this one, have made their mark in Europe before, I don’t think we have learned anything new this year.
“Rangers have done very well and Giovanni has done a great job in getting them to the semi-finals.
“I guess from their perspective they are still in the tie and have an opportunity to get to a final, which is great.
“But if you want evidence of how well Scottish clubs can do in Europe, there’s a trophy I can show you just down the road here, mate.”