Celtic player admits Ange Postecoglou was like a father to him

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Ange Postecoglou's time as Celtic manager was not long but it was certainly impactful. He is one of the most popular managers that the club have ever had and the connection he built with the fans so quickly is certainly rare. Perhaps it was because of how he carried himself off the pitch. The Australian seemed to understand what it means to be a supporter.

Of course, the circumstances in which he arrived helped create that bond as well. Most people had written Celtic and Postecoglou off before the 2021/22 season had even started. The Hoops went on to win the double in that campaign and a treble in the following one.

One of the main reasons behind Postecoglou's success at Celtic was how brilliant the recruitment was, especially in that first season. And one of their best signings from the summer of 2021 was Kyogo.

Kyogo went on to score 54 goals over his two seasons at Celtic under the management of Postcoglou. As reported by Football Scotland, the Japanese forward said about his former manager:

"Ange was like my dad to me. He always thought about our team, and treated each of us as if we were a family. And whenever I talk to Ange about something, he always says to me, 'It's okay if you can play your own way with confidence'.

"So I was able to have confidence. I was able to work with him for only two years, but thanks to him I was able to evolve various parts of me, so now I'm feeling that it was a wonderful two years."

Celtic player admits Postecoglou was like a father to him

Postecoglou left last summer to join Tottenham Hotspur, just days after winning the treble with Celtic. And he has had some level of success with the London club as well. Let's see if he can build upon that this season.

On the other hand, Celtic brought in Brendan Rodgers for a second run as the club's manager. Things seemed shaky at various points over the course of the season but ultimately, the Hoops got themselves a happy ending, winning a Premiership and Scottish Cup double.

As for Kyogo, his first season under the management of Rodgers was not a grand success at an individual level. The Japanese forward managed a decent 19 goals but we all know that he is capable of a lot more than that.