Ange Postecoglou's comments show why he quit Celtic

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Celtic fans were left very disappointed when Ange Postecoglou left the club merely days after guiding them to a domestic treble in order to become the manager of Tottenham Hotspur. The Australian had become a hero to the supporters over the course of his stint at Parkhead and his leaving after just a couple of seasons was a bitter pill to swallow for many.

On the other hand, it was understandable why he left. At 57 years of age, Postecoglou was probably never going to get another chance to manage a Big Six Premier League side. He is someone who did not even get a proper chance in Europe until the summer of 2021 when the Hoops brought him to Glasgow after a move for Eddie Howe failed to materialise.

There could be another reason why Postecoglou felt it was right to leave Celtic though. And it is something that has frustrated the club's supporters as well.

It is the fact that Postecoglou wants to improve every year. Something that Celtic have not done, which has allowed the Rangers to bridge the gap between the two at times.

Postecoglou's comments show why he quit Celtic last summer

As reported by beIN SPORTS, Postecoglou said recently while talking about Tottenham Hotspur's chase for a Champions League spot:

"It’d probably make my life easier if I said, ‘Let’s make Champions League, that’s great’ because everyone thinks I’ve done a great job.

“But from my perspective, I keep saying it, I look at the teams who made the Champions League this year from last year and that wasn’t the catalyst for them kicking on.

“It’s not their fault – it’s more demanding. But I’m not going to let this club rest on where we finish this year. Where we finish should be a foundation for us being better next year."

The same can be applied to Celtic as well. Did they improve in the transfer market after the glorious first campaign under the management of Postecoglou? Not really. Their best signing in the summer of 2022 was the addition of Aaron Mooy on a free transfer.

It often feels like Celtic are just happy to be where they are. Challenging for trophies domestically and a spot in Europe. There just does not seem to be an urgency to improve and broaden their potential for success. Did Postecoglou feel that he had taken the team as far as he could?