When Ange Postecoglou took over, what seems a lifetime ago, we were told he was something special by those who knew him, and , indeed, anyone looking into his track record might well have concurred.
His remit was to make Glasgow Green and White again, and it’s pretty fair to say that not only has he done that, he’s turned the skies above the country green as well…..
Perhaps he really is on a mission from God.
And it’s an ongoing mission, as he gave us a little insight into his plans….
“When people say, ‘He’s going to go down the road or somewhere else with the first offer he gets’, it’s not how I’m wired, it’s not how I think.
“For me, what it’s about is just trying to leave a mark wherever I am.
“I have done that with every football club I have been at. I want to do that at this club too and that is all that consumes me. I don’t think about the next step or I need to go somewhere else, or I need to do this or I need to consider other things.
“It’s all there and you don’t go through life oblivious to it. It’s not even healthy to put the blinkers up and not know what is going on, because that tests your desire to keep doing what you’re doing
“Of course, if people are talking about my future, or are interested in my future, I will sit there and listen. It doesn’t mean I’m going to jump at anything that comes my way.
“I’m really passionate about what I do. The people close to me know what is most important to me, what drives me and what keeps me sort of happy in my role. And I couldn’t be happier.
“I’m hoping that over the course of time as long as I’m here — and I am still here even though people have been getting me out the door and I think you’ll be surprised how long I am here — I’m consumed by trying to make this club the best it can be. And I’ll enjoy every minute of it.”
The only thing that has surprised me is that we haven’t been inundated with ranch hands telling us they told us so…..
The Postecoglou effect has got us intrigued, as you will understand when you listen to our latest podcast, and it’s not only Celtic fans who are entranced…. supporters of other clubs and companies ,,,,including the bears themselves, well,
Even their manager has fallen under his spell….
Soon, as Ange admits, the narrative will change to label him unambitious if he stays at Celtic. , when in fact his desire to lift the sleeping giants of European football back to where they belong is ambition defined.
Sooner or later the media will realise that we have someone in Scottish football that will leave not only a mark on Celtic, but on other clubs as well.
We’re already seeing one or two clubs implement a similar style, and we may well see further moves in the Asian market.
Though it’s unlikely one particular club will welcome that strategy….
If you’re not sure which club I’m referring to, get out a map.
You’ll find it somewhere in the seventeenth century.
It’s also notable that the Scotsman has mentioned this, although presumably the rest of our esteemed media corps didn’t hear the abuse, presumably because they were too busy howling themselves.
Recently, the Scotsman has ventured into criticising the Ibrox club, which is an interesting shift in policy, and we would like to extend our commiserations to whoever it was who got flung out of the lodge for asking if they had any green pepperamis.
It’s hardly a seismic change, the Scotsman’s circulation is probably worse than mine, and I take tablets, but it’s a start.
Whilst Ange is happy to share his secrets with anyone who is interested, on the other side of the river they like to keep their cards a little closer to their chests, but fortunayely, we did get a glimpse into what was said when this month;s manager Mickey Beale called his players together at the end of Sunday’s game…..
TV just manages to pick up Michael Beale talking to the players after the cup final loss.
Very interesting. pic.twitter.com/JfBJAPwZs6
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There are real problems over there, season books need to be renewed in great numbers just to keep the lights on, although since they are all condemned to eternal darkness anyway there seems little point.
The support are starting to see through this latest charade, and having already lost one club, there is a real fear they might lose another. But even that is overshadowed by the fear that in less than eighteen months, the myth of the world’s most succesful club will be shattered by the one thing they hate most,
They exist purely in a world that revolves around Celtic, from their songs of hate to their players and manager referring to the other mob.
In a global society, such an insular profile is doomed to failure.
Which, I have to say, pleases me greatly.
and the longer it takes, the more suffering they endure, the greater the pain becomes.
Which sort of makes me like them, in a way.
I can live with that.
Meanwhile, what was going on here ?
Caption: Ange struggles to keep a straight face when someone from the press asks Beale whether he has any moles in the Asian marketplace…
comment,don,t worry mate.you wil remember my name
At first I was irritated by Matt and Saed‘s failure to give us the 4-2 our domination deserved. Now I think the 2-1 gives HOPE and its the hope that kills them.
Probably, assuming that they got a penalty, which is an easy mistake to make.
caption big Ange says to Mental Mickey “Get your sweaty haun aff ma knee before Ah deck ye ya weirdo!”
“I hope that mic isn’t switched on and I’m the only one who can hear this pish, mate”
Caption : Ange “Jeez, what’s the fella doing with his zip…Ah now, steady mate.”
Ange has got him totally spooked.im sure Ange is prob thinkin “… ya poor pommie bstard…”
Caption: Anyone else fancy a game of whack a mole mate?
Difficult to choose between the game itself, or the after match celebrations, both were pretty impressive, both the players and the supporters must have had a rough Monday. the players would get a muscle rub down and the supporters throat lozenges. As for the deid club, the harry rags and its support, they would visit the vet, to get their feet removed from their mouths and their tails stuck firmly between their legs. Super Sellik Sunday, a day to savour.
He took us from the earth and into the galaxy. His name was Stein. He shoots, he scores. Gooaaall.
You cant have one, you just cant have one without the other, a marriage made in football Heaven.
Great result Mike, must admit that I was like a cat on hot bricks right up to the K O ,as I am with all the matches due to the efforts of Sevco’s best players, aka the North Lanarkshire Referee’s Association . There doesn’t seem to be enough superlatives to bestow on Angie’s team and how he has got them playing, hopefully they will be able to transfer the skills they are producing and showing to great effect in Scotland with rather more success in the Champions League next season than they did last season, something tells me they quite possibly could. Took my grandson with me to watch the match in the Catholic Club in Doncaster , first time I’ve taken him to watch a Celtic match(his dad’s a big Leeds United fan so that’s all he gets to see up until las Sunday) he loved it and he’ll be going to see a few more in the new future.Hail!!! Hail!!!
Hi Gerald. Yes it was a great result, as you say you are always confident that the ‘Tic would beat them and that the only uncertainty is caused by the blatant, underhand cheating that goes on. When Beale joined them listening to his obvious call for help, was disgraceful. The team are great to watch, talented, fast and entertaining. I recently took my two Grandsons to watch the game in Perth verses Saint Johnstone, nothing beats watching great players and listening to the Celtic support, so, I’m glad that your Grandson enjoyed watching the game. When I was very young living in the Raploch my Grandparents and I lived across from a family whose son was great pals with Bremner of Leeds, in fact my Mother was at St. Modans school with Billy, so knew of him too, a good Tim. Looking forward to the rest of the season and the CL next season, canny wait, good to talk Gerald, all the best and Hail Hail.
Caption: Listen mate ask me about the game, our preparation, our training, but asking me about a mole in the Ibrox dressing room…I’ve given more thought to my dinner tonight frankly, and on that I’ve scrapped the chickpea and butterbean casserole.
Beale is picturing Morelos trying to get into the lotus position.
Caption:- Gottle of geer, gottle of geer.
Keech Jackson did his best to take the shine off Celtic’s victory.
Now just imagine for a moment the exact same match but with
*rangers winning 2-1 his match report would have been along these lines:-
“In a tense, pulsating match *rangers put the shackles on Celtic’s attempts
to play their usual high press passing game and showed other teams that
Celtic are beatable. This was a breath of fresh air, blowing away the
“unbeatable” myth that had made Celtic’s previous results predictable.
*rangers refused to be overawed by Celtic’s run of form and the result
has brought back the excitement to the Scottish Premiership title race.
Blah, blah. fecking blah”.
He couldnae hide his pain the phanny. so he basically slagged off Celtic’s victory.
It was ever thus.
I thought the Ne’erday+1 game was a dreadful scrappy game with them reducing us down to their level of being incapable of stringing 2 passes together.
Of course, the press reported it as you suggest above.
Jackson is 1 hurting Hun and surely a shoo (shoe?) in for Knob of the Week.
1st reply failed but hopefully will turn up before the dairy turns sour.
Similar vibe to Kyogo ‘valedictory’ on the Beeb, containing the following:
“Sunday’s final also meant the Japan international became just the second Celtic player to score back-to-back braces in League Cup finals after Billy McPhail in 1956 and 1957.”
Of course, as we all know, Billy scored a hat-trick in 1957, in a record breaking Cup Final victory but not that they would ever bring attention to it.
Compare with preview re 2019 we won 1-0 but embellished with the ‘facts’ that it was our only shot on target and was offside.
Hurting Huns? You better believe it, which, I have to say, pleases me greatly (to paraphrase Ralph).
Greases me plately…
Beale “I’m going to get 1 over him by rocking up in a better Ange jumper on Sunday”
Ange “I’ll dispense with the jumper on Sunday and just be a sharp suited man to befuddle the staunchies”
“But even that is overshadowed by the fear that in less than eighteen months, the myth of the world’s most succesful club will be shattered by the one thing they hate most”
In 18 months time, all Huns will be Al-Ahly fans.
I know your not listening but just out of interest Ange , what will you be having for dinner tonight…
It’ll be Mexican kick , with loads of guacamole…
Mick , Mike Michael or mate , defiantly not kick f.f.s.
In the early 1890s, when Celtic became the dominant club in Scotland, a cry arose from the football media of the time:
Stop The Irishmen.
In the febrile racist atmosphere of the time, what was needed was a truly Scottish club to dominate proceedings. Glasgow Rangers(1872), gladly took up this challenge. In 1912, a branch of Harland and Wolfe-Belfast shipyard owners-came to Clydeside-along with thousands of workers from the Loyalist community. These workers adopted Rangers as their team. H & W management promised the Ibrox club funding. With one proviso. Rangers would no longer sign Catholic players. Rangers then, for the most part, became the dominant club in Scotland. On the 31st of January 1965, Celtic FC appointed Jock Stein as their manager. From then on, all was changed. Changed utterly. On the 25th of May 1967, Billy McNeill raised aloft the European Cup. This victory was to have fatal consequences for the Ibrox club. In 1988, David Murray took over at Ibrox. His hubris would not allow him to accept that Celtic had won Europe’s premier trophy. In trying to match Celtic’s achievement, he sent the club into oblivion. What some supporters of the present Ibrox club fail to understand, is that they are not Rangers. They never can be Rangers. They never will be Rangers. Under Scots Law, if an Incorporated Company e.g. Rangers 1872 goes into liquidation, then every entity associated with that company is also dissolved.
I know that the above is old news…but it’s always fun to point it out.
Alfredo Morelos Featuring in:
Romancing the Stones.
Hun Hyperthyroidism, all paid for.
There’s a statue in Coleraine of ‘The Little Ant’ Bertie Peacock, there was two Bertie’s but only one “Ten Thirty”. Growing up in the Raploch these were the players in the early 1950s. Evans – Stein – Tully and after Stein left Celtic, Bertie Peacock became club captain. He was called ‘The Little Ant’ because of his industrious play, like Ange, ‘he never stopped’, indeed he was the captain of Celtic when Celtic won 7-1 in the League Cup Final beating the Govan keech, oh yes the sun shone brightly on that famous day. Not that it matters but Bertie was a protestant from the black North, never has a policy backfired more than one clubs sectarian approach to football. “One Club Open To All”, is one club policy that will always beat any sectarian p!sh stained policy. But more about Bertie, he captained Celtic through the barren times, but with sometimes spectacular results in cup competitions. His industry was the foil to Charlie Tully’s talent, sometimes we forget about the players that carry the load, favouring the exquisite touch instead, but their industry matters just as much to teams success as others do. We wore woollen collard shirts with short trousers playing football on ash covered or muddy pitches when knees were constantly grazed. Knees were used more often then, but Bertie’s name rang out from Celtic park as much as any others and we will never forget his place in Celtic history. “The Little Ant” with a big heart.
Great stuff as usual Mike.
Speaking of knees, Big Jock the player was known to knee the ball further than most players could kick it!
Ta, Never knew that about big Jock, he was full of suprise’s that’s for sure. Was looking at the picture of him and Jimmy Gribben walking out with the Scottish Cup? He never forgot those that helped him and always looked out for them, a big man in every sense.
And the ungrateful arseholes on the board called him to a meeting and when
he arrived they didn’t offer him a seat on the board…they only offered him a job in hospitality or some such position. His wife was waiting in the car and she said when he came back from the meeting and got in the car he had tears in his eyes and he told her “They want me to sell raffle tickets”. No wonder he went to Leeds. The ungrateful sponging bassas that the board were then. Jock made Celtic world famous for eternity and they relished the glory, but slapped the man in the face.
Yes, I agree. Think he was offered being in charge of the ‘Pools, a disgraceful way to treat him, I can only think that they were jealous of his success and resented his popularity, the ungrateful @rseholes, at the very least he should have been offered a directorship. Still, its his statue outside the park, while they are only looked on with scorn. I loved the big man, I followed his career after he came back from Wales, one of the joys that I cherish is his autograph, the sons are always after it, they can GTF. 😉
That was it Mike, the Pools. I just couldn’t remember exactly. As you say, they were jealous of his success and popularity and quite happy to profit from the success he brought the club…but wanted him kept in his “place”, not good enough to be a board member. You can barely imagine how he felt being summoned to that meeting only to be offered that.
Caption – shaking his head Ange says “ look mate how many times do I have to tell you, it’s three and not free and it’s think not fink, what school did you go to anyway?”
“What school did you go to?”
Mm, I think I’ve heard that question in relation to Scottish football before!
Our Captain Marvel has now played in and won 10 in a row senior Cup Finals (6 League and 4 Scottish).
Additionally, he was an unused sub in the 2015 League Cup Final success.
Also he played in and and won 4 Youth Cup Finals.
15 out of 15 Cup winners medals, wow, but only the 14 more than Tavpen, what chase?
Caption: His knees are wobblier than Shakin Stevens’
‘Barry Ferguson has predicted some transfer surprises for Sevco in the summer.
And he’s urged them to pay the money for Malik Tillman and they could quadruple treble it in less than two years!
Barry says “I’d sign Malik Tillman because I think Rangers want to be the type of club, like Celtic in everything they do, who go and sign then make a profit on a player.
He’s only 20 -– I don’t know what the transfer fee is, £4million, £5million, £10 million, £50 million …
For me, I’ve seen enough. If he keeps continuing his development, in another season or 18 months or three years or so he could be doubling or trebling or quadrupling that transfer fee, thus allowing the club to pay their creditors back their 78 million.
Like Ianis Hagi, who they got for pennies and is now worth 100 million, or he will be when he gets off the treatment table,”
Barry then went on to spell out the most important players in the team:
”There’s nine or 10 players out of contract. Allan McGregor for me is a no-brainer.
That is, he has no brains except for the simulacrum between his legs.
Which may well have contributed to him losing goals against your Ross Counties, your St Johnstones, your Partick Thistles and thereby costing them the league.
With brainless sex mad pensioners in the side they then don’t have to have the worry of looking for a goalkeeper, any goalkeeper, and I’m sure it’s not true that the only reason they got rid of James Sands today was because someone said his middle name was Robert.”
Barry then spent the rest of the afternoon talking about the rigours of his halcyon days managing Alloa.’
There. So. is it not know?
So. if it is, ignored hard for us.
Guess what, not telling you.
sevco fc is and thank you.
But you can not do that.
Sally McCoist is a nasty wee bastard, remember that.
sevco FC, now impress me.
Why is there stories of taking lives, though kept blind from the back seat ?
Work perks Celtic FC Dermot.
But we had.
They`ve had to 90 degree the table for the last ping pong ball.
Jesus man, Celtic
s Saudi pre-season was Pedros filled purse.
Less 20% to keep a ball kicked in Scotland.
sevconians, if read? You are now. Oh well.
What’s with the grey patches obscuring all the comments?
When using an apostrophe.
Reo Hatate working on his next level.
Ange “Do not get too attached to players.”
I have not had a dry tumbler all week. Unbelievable all that have popped in from country wide.
Always remember to forget.