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When looking for a new manager, Celtic usually try to fix the biggest shortcoming the previous guy had.  In May 2019, Neil Lennon’s biggest asset was his “eye for a player”.  There were other attributes. he twice got Celtic into the Champions League group stage where he delivered some of the most memorable nights in our European history, but Celtic’s decline started with his predecessor’s inability to sign quality players after the arrival of Scott Sinclair.

When it fall apart last season, Neil seemed unable to imagine how to organise a squad that was performing significantly below the sum of its individual parts.  Apparently simple tasks, like how to organise at defensive set pieces.  The answer to that particular question was Eddie Howe.

Howe took a team of lowly £17m misfits and marshalled them into a very solid unit.  He also had other attributes, but that ability to defend a corner kick was very convincing.

I spoke to Peter Lawwell soon after Brendan Rodgers left and again after Neil Lennon’s departure.  Neither Neil nor Eddie fitted the bill he was initially looking at.  On this occasion, Ange Postecoglou fits perfectly.  Technically proficient, capable of withstanding the intensity of our game, with an ability to make us a far better team three years out than we were when he took over.

It’s that last attribute we recruited yesterday.  Neil and Brendan both left teams that were poorer than two years previous.  We hired a builder.

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  1. timmy7_noted on

    Roberttressell

     

    Totally 100% with you on the attitude, more aggression, less back of the bus for me please.

  2. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    Watched the interview with big Ange,

     

     

    Very calm, very relaxed, spoke very well,

     

     

    didn’t seem the excitable type which is exactly what we need right now

     

     

    basically said all the right things,

     

     

    wants to get to know the players and have them buy in to his way of thinking,

     

     

    he could be the real deal, looking forward to life under the Ange,

     

     

    g’day mate!

  3. The European Tour

     

    @EuropeanTour

     

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    Jun 9

     

    Playing right-handed, putting left-handed Face with open mouth

     

     

    Swedish Football legend Henrik Larsson does things his own way…

     

     

    ——————

     

     

    no being a gowfer myself i take it this is another exceptional talent of that there henke fella ?

     

     

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1402686939787055109

  4. Anyone expecting Ange to rebuild on the pitch and off it within one season is seriously deluded.

     

     

    If the club believe in him, he must be given an adequate amount of time to implement his plans and methodology.

     

     

    We had a quadruple treble squad which crashed and burned last season – to expect any manager, whether, Ange, Eddie Howe, or, even Guardiola, to make an immediate impact with a depleted squad that needs rebuilding and educated in a new strategy, is crazy. Added to this of course is the fact that there will be no enormous upfront transfer ‘warchest’ – we will spend only what we raise in outgoing fees, and it could take till the end of August for some, or, all, these deals to be done.

     

     

    We should, bearing in mind the quality of opposition, not even be considering a successful CL qualifying campaign – getting into the EL groups will be tough enough. I hear the shouts of “defeatism” from the usual suspects, it is not, it is REALISM in our current situation. Those who continue to carp at our new manager need a good dose of the stuff.

     

     

    Next season will be tough on all fronts, not least the ongoing effect of Covid. I very much doubt any return to ‘full houses’ at any juncture.

     

     

    Next season will sort out the ‘fairweather fans’ from the genuine supporters.

  5. Steven Gerrard has been appointed as Rangers manager on a four-year deal.

     

     

    The former Liverpool midfielder, 37, replaces Graeme Murty, who was placed in interim charge following the October sacking of Pedro Caixinha.

     

     

    Gerrard, who leaves his role as a youth coach at Anfield to take up the Rangers job this summer, captained the Reds and England.

     

     

    The appointment which took 210 days since Pedro Caixnha was sacked is a gamble on an untried manager without UEFA qualifications and questions remain over his backroom staff , transfer budget and how he will cope with the pressure in the Ibrox hot seat.

     

     

    ….. I took a few liberties with this BBC report …. Just to make the point

  6. EKBHOY on 11TH JUNE 2021 6:08 PM

     

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    Clever and informative post. It shows the level of entitlement & bitterness that is extant with some on here and in a small minority of our support.

     

     

    At Ibrox we had a new club in a financial quagmire who had never won a trophy. We are only one step away from 9iar and a quadruple treble. The most important thing that kept Ibrox going through all their sh** was the total backing of their fan base….and yet there are some among us talking about boycotts & demonstrations after one bad season out of ten – almost unbelievable.

  7. Celtic legend Paul McStay gives verdict on new manager Ange Postecoglou

     

     

     

     

    CELTIC legend Paul McStay was thrown his support behind the club’s new manager Ange Postecoglou – insisting that the Greek-born Australian’s drive to succeed means he’ll be a hit at Parkhead.

     

     

    McStay, who made over 650 appearances for the Glasgow club during his playing career, has been based in Australia for over a decade and has witnessed the coach’s work first-hand in that time.

     

     

    Postecoglou led the Socceroos to the group stages of the 2014 World Cup and was most recently manager of Japanese outfit Yokohama F Marinos, who he quit to succeed Neil Lennon as first-team manager at Celtic.

     

     

    There are some supporters who are concerned that a relatively unknown coach has been handed the top job at Parkhead – but McStay insists that the new manager is a born winner who favours an attacking brand of football.

     

     

    He told the club’s website: “The people I talk to in the football world here feel Ange is a top coach and it’s a move he deserves after all the success he’s had in Australia, Japan and with the national team.

     

     

    “Everyone’s delighted his success has been recognised by a top club in Europe. The football community here are excited by the prospect of Ange working at Celtic and the prospect of it raising the profile of Australian football in the eyes of Europe.

     

     

    “I’ve been here for 11 years now and Ange is a name aligned with quality coaching and success here and in Asia.

     

     

    “What I’ve learned in my 11 years of being here and keeping an eye on the game is that he’s a winner. Wherever he goes, he seems to have that formula and structure to his teams, and the way he plays brings success.

     

     

    “That comes from him being a quality coach but I think within him is a character who has that winning edge as well, which I think will be really important at Celtic.”

     

     

    McStay continued: “I’ve seen what he did at Brisbane and the Australian national team. Going to Europe is taking it up a level from the point of view of the A League and the Asian footballing world.

     

     

     

    “What he’s proved is he has that experience and expertise and the mental strength to go and win things over in Europe. It’s what he’s been waiting for – that opportunity to go and show he can do it in Europe as well.

     

     

     

    “He has that opportunity now and whether you’re a player or a coach, sometimes you need someone to believe in you, look at what you’ve done in your career so far and give you that opportunity to move up a level.

     

     

    “He has that now and when he flies to Europe he’ll not lose his coaching knowledge and expertise. It’s just a matter of taking it up and level and maybe working with better players, and he’s got the capability to do that.”

     

     

     

     

     

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  9. JHB on 11th June 2021 6:18 pm

     

     

    EKBHOY on 11TH JUNE 2021 6:08 PM

     

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    Clever and informative post. It shows the level of entitlement & bitterness that is extant with some on here and in a small minority of our support.

     

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

     

     

    Come on – percentages please! Is that a small percentage of the 60% who are sectarian and stupid?

     

     

    HH

  10. Big Jimmy on 11th June 2021 7:02 am

     

     

    FAO TONY ROME..

     

     

    TONY Bhoy…You KNOW that the Beer Frenzy for Today ( Friday) has been cancelled for a couple of reasons ?

     

     

    Apologises. Hopefully we can re arrange for the next Two or Three Weeks ?

     

     

    HH Mate.

     

     

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    Hi Jimmy

     

     

    Sorry to hear your not so well. Take your time big yin and fully recover.

     

     

    I couldn’t have made it today as I had to get my 2nd jab. Got it 2 hours ago and touch wood no ill effects yet. Let me know yournext date and I’ll try and make it along. I actually drove by your local today whilst at my work. Also looking forward to the chance to meet some of the other bhoys.

     

     

    Another thing stay out the pubs till your well 🤣🤣🤣

     

     

    KEEP THE FAITH

  11. Saint Stivs

     

     

    Think you forgot Dublin 84

     

     

    Season Tickets renewed today .

     

    Looking forward to next season now .

     

     

    Hopefully we will be allowed in

  12. JHB on 11TH JUNE 2021 6:18 PM

     

    EKBHOY on 11TH JUNE 2021 6:08 PM

     

     

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    Thanks for taking the time to read and reply … although to be fair I’m not connecting my piss take of the BBC Gerrard report with your well thought out remarks

  13. SCULLYBHOY on 11TH JUNE 2021 6:35 PM

     

    JHB on 11th June 2021 6:18 pm

     

     

     

    EKBHOY on 11TH JUNE 2021 6:08 PM

     

     

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    I’ve no idea how we got here but you’d be a real dimwit to put numbers on any of this

  14. Now ange has arrived he has my full support. I know people are worried about the speed that he can get the team playing as he wishes, but unlike all other challenges he has had as a manager he will able to build a team that plays against less well resources clubs every week. A team that already dominate possession and play mostly in the opposition half.

     

     

    His biggest task will be pushing up the energy levels and speed of play. But there will be plenty of space in the team to add players he knows can do what he wants.

     

     

    If we are in we are all in and the board need to back him

     

     

    HH

  15. EKBhoy on 11th June 2021 6:52 pm

     

     

    SCULLYBHOY on 11TH JUNE 2021 6:35 PM

     

    JHB on 11th June 2021 6:18 pm

     

    EKBHOY on 11TH JUNE 2021 6:08 PM

     

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    I’ve no idea how we got here but you’d be a real dimwit to put numbers on any of this

     

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

     

     

    I agree 100%.

  16. STIVS

     

     

     

    Hampden’16

     

     

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    a bit unfair, these were supporters of another team of scumbags.hh

  17. EKBhoy on 11th June 2021 6:52 pm

     

    I’ve no idea how we got here but you’d be a real dimwit to put numbers on any of this.

     

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

     

    I apologize. It is a long story and I should not have involved you.

     

     

    Sorry. HH

  18. SCULLYBHOY on 11TH JUNE 2021 7:25 PM

     

    EKBhoy on 11th June 2021 6:52 pm

     

     

    I’ve no idea how we got here but you’d be a real dimwit to put numbers on any of this.

     

     

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

     

     

    I apologize. It is a long story and I should not have involved you.

     

     

     

    Sorry. HH

     

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    I knew where you were coming from , no problem

  19. fanadpatriot on

    You can have all the skills in the world but if you have a questionable attitude you will fail .

     

    I believe that Ange attitude will result in success for Celtic,though some players will fall by the wayside.

  20. SAINT STIVS on 11TH JUNE 2021 6:33 PM

     

     

    Wolverhampton ’61

     

     

    Hampden ’65

     

     

    °Leeds 68

     

     

    Newcastle ’69

     

     

    Hampden 69

     

     

    Barcelona ’72

     

     

    Old Trafford ’74

     

     

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    a dog bit my leg off.anti catholic dugs trained

     

     

    2012.°9min shiteoot cva failure. identity ends

     

     

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    NEW CLUB.

     

     

    Hampden’16

     

     

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    °George square 21 again

     

     

     

    a list. what am i missing ?

     

     

    a conrinious identity.😊

     

     

    HH

  21. Goosebumps at the opening ceremony, international football tourneys just make you feel alive!

     

     

    *Also sh*ting it a wee but when the mix fire works, balloons filled with gas, people flying from said baloons and a blind guy(an amazing performer btw Andrea Bocelli) .health and safety nightmare😉

  22. AN TEARMANN on 11TH JUNE 2021 7:45 PM

     

     

    You could argue the courts have been a riot for them🤣😂

  23. SAINT STIVS on 11TH JUNE 2021 6:33 PM

     

     

    Was there not also an attack on the Villareal team bus? Was surprised then at the proportion of serving Scottish police officers who phoned Clyde. To a man, they exonerated fellow fans and held Spanish colleagues responsible for any villainy.

  24. KEN.SODa

     

    @tonosama25_10

     

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    Jun 10

     

    Replying to

     

    @CelticFC

     

    Hello Celtic FC. Even if you know Shunsuke Nakamura well, do you know that Yokohama has a population of 3,780,000? Do you know what I mean …? If you’re taking Ange Postecoglou from Yokohama, you should set up a Japanese Twitter account. You need to hurry.

     

    #CelticFC

  25. BillyBhoy1967 on

    Spine tingling from Mr Bocelli.

     

    Enjoyed the wee VW carrying the ball to the centre spot.

     

    Maybe there will be a wee pope mobile doing the same at Paradise in the new season :-)

  26. BILLYBHOY1967 on 11TH JUNE 2021 8:14 PM

     

     

    Re Pope Mobile at Celtic Park bringing on the ball- ref would probably book it and Polis probably give it a ticket….😉

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