It has not taken Ange Postecoglou long to become a cult figure at Celtic. The club might be just a point away from winning the Premiership but one would argue that the manager had managed to win the fans over even before the recent successes. The fact that the club have been so successful under his management till now is just an added bonus.
A lot of eyebrows were raised when Celtic decided to appoint Postecoglou as manager after a move for Eddie Howe failed to materialise. Many were unsure whether the former Australian national team manager was up to the mark or not.
It is safe to say though that they decided to back him from the moment he arrived and have reaped the reward for that through the course of the season. The Premiership title could soon be added to the Scottish League Cup that they won in December, completing the most unlikeliest of doubles, after finishing 25 points behind the Rangers last season.
Postecoglou seems to have settled into life as Celtic manager quite well and recently shed some light on how interactions with the Rangers supporters have been like. As reported by The Scottish Sun, he said:
"“I haven’t had any negative interactions — whether it’s Rangers supporters or other supporters, everybody’s been fine.“People feel the need to declare their allegiance when they meet me, which I find pretty amusing.“They’ll come up and say, ‘Look, I’m a Rangers supporter’, which they don’t have to say — they could just say ‘G’day’ or ‘Hello’.“But people have been very respectful to me and I try to be the same.”"
Celtic manager reveals what Rangers fans say to him
It is safe to say that Postecoglou has done a tremendous job of guiding the club towards the Premiership after the Rangers had cruised their way to the title last time around.
If they can get over the finish line, as they are expected to soon, they will also book their place in the UEFA Champions League group stage, something that they have not been able to reach for quite a few years now.
In a normal season, this would have opened up a huge gap with the Rangers but unfortunately, Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side have been able to make it to the final of the Europa League and would find themselves playing in the Champions League next season as well, if they can win it against Eintracht Frankfurt. No points for guessing which side Celtic fans would be siding with.