Over the last couple of days, incredulity has grown across Ange Postecoglou’s neck of the woods about the relentless way the media has gone after him since he’s been here. There’s a note of amusement in the coverage at the moment, but it may not last.
The truth is, the foreign press cannot understand this at all.
They thought that a new manager was to be given a fair shake, not poked like a dancing bear. Fortunately for us, Ange is the sort of guy who not only can handle but can hand out a few verbal slaps of his own.
He doesn’t do the dance with the hacks here as much as he slaps them into submission.
A recent clip from the Australian media highlights how it began right at the start, at his first session with the mainstream media here.
They had tried to suggest he came from the football boondocks; he batted back by reminding them that he had international experience as well as that of club football and had coached at a World Cup.
But the Australians recognised that for what it was; the media’s first attempt to define Ange in their own terms, their first effort to undermine him and start their narrative rolling that this was a guy who was out of his depth.
He recognised it too and was not going to allow them to get away with it.
Robbed of their obvious line of attack, they’ve attempted others.
And every time they have he has given them a firm smack for it.
He handles it well, so the concern isn’t for Ange or for Celtic.
But the Scottish media’s pitiful behaviour reflects badly on the game in this country.
It is parochial and small-minded and arrogant and elitist, which is a laugh considering that the J League is ahead of ours in the global rankings.
You only have to look at how one of their players is tearing it up here to recognise that the standard there has to be better than what ours is … no wonder we’re going back.
Our media does the game here no favours.
Look at their behaviour since Tuesday; The Daily Record went out and found yet another Hungarian to tell their audience that Celtic’s aren’t actually that good and that although we won the first game of the double header they expect to beat us in the second.
It is shocking that a national outlet goes out of its way to cast so many negatives on one of their local sides, but we’re not the target audience for that rag anyway of course.
The rest of the global media village is always aghast when it looks at us.
Ange is the best manager that corner of the globe has ever produced; when they see how he’s being treated here they just can’t get over it.
What a pathetic backwater it makes us look.