Ange Postecoglou drops possible hint about why he quit Celtic

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Ange Postecoglou leaving in the summer in order to join Tottenham Hotspur was a major blow for Celtic and one they still have not recovered from. The club did go out and bring in a high-profile manager in the form of Brendan Rodgers, but things just have not been the same. The Hoops have never gotten it going this season and a trophyless campaign looks like a very real possibility at this moment.

Most Celtic fans did not see Postecoglou's exit in the summer coming. He was beloved at Parkhead and appeared to have everything he had always wanted as a manager.

Of course, the chance to manage Tottenham Hotspur and in the Premier League, is a big one for any manager. And some fans believe Postecoglou's recent comments explain why he chose to depart Celtic after just two seasons.

As reported by Glasgow World, Postecoglou said when asked about the idea of Tottenham Hotspur securing a top-four finish and UEFA Champions League football:

"It's not a willy wonka golden ticket, it just gets you a year in the Champions League. But if you don't build on that, if you don't grow from that, it's meaningless I think, anyway. We're not in it for participation. We're in it to win things. So yes, Champions League will show that, you know what, if we make Champions League this year, it means we've progressed from last year. Yes. But has our football progressed?

"Are we a better team? Are we a stronger team? Are we going to improve in the summer to make sure that next year we're going to be even better. That's much more important to me and so my target this year has always been to create a team that I hope will lay a strong foundation for moving forward. Being a team that can win things, that's where it begins and ends."

Postecoglou drops possible hint about why he quit Celtic

Unfortunately, that has been a major problem for Celtic in recent times. There just not seem to be enough hunger to progress and take things to the next level. Instead, it looks like a club that is happy to stay where they are at.

So, it is not hard to see why an ambitious manager like Postecoglou would have chosen to leave. At the end of the day, Celtic's transfer activity in the 2022/23 campaign was not anything to write home about either.

Aaron Mooy was perhaps the only success story. Alistair Johnston did well but his form has dropped significantly since Postecoglou left. On the other hand, key players like Giorgos Giakoumakis and Josip Juranovic left in the middle of the campaign, with important silverware still up for grabs.