Ange Postecoglou delivered one of the hardest slaps to the media that he has yet, when he was asked today if the league table looks better this weekend.
“Well, I thought the Premiership race was over, mate,” he said, his voice dripping with sarcasm. “So I don’t even look at the table anymore, we just do our own thing.”
Man, that must have felt good.
This guy has been whipped consistently for weeks and even the win against Aberdeen brought not respite just a ridiculous parade of idiots touting other people for his job and predictions that we might finish 3rd, 4th and even 5th.
The man was entitled to that today.
He was entitled to give those people a good hard slap, and I am glad that he isn’t the sort to resist such temptations but to give in to them.
I am glad that the media knows they will always be on thin ice with this guy.
It’s clear that some people inside Celtic have just about had it with this endless narrative of negativity. The manager has certainly taken as much of it as he can stomach, and the comments from Jota before the Aberdeen game shows that the players feel the same.
We shouldn’t need extra fuel to push on in this title race, but Ange and the players are definitely taking something from all these stupid critics and the poisonous atmosphere they’ve tried so hard to create around Celtic. He now knows what it’s all about.
And he’s not prepared to take it on the chin.
This is what you want to see in a manager, and when he sat at the fan presser and he said that he would always fight for the club he was not joking.
That brutal slap-down was exactly the kind of thing we wanted to see on a day when the wind is in our sails and we’re looking like we’ve found our right direction.
This is one of the reasons many of us like this guy so much on a personal level; he’s a bloody good bloke but he eat dirt for anybody.
That, today, was masterful on and off the park.