Yesterday Ange did what I had expected him to do when he was finally asked about the smears against Kyogo Furuhashi. He slapped back, and he slapped back hard. I don’t know whether someone in the press finally asked him or if it was the fan media people, but his answer didn’t surprise me one bit. Only bit of his statement raised my eyebrows.
It was when he talked about those who had been pushing the smears “probably having an agenda.” And to me that was the moment Ange Postecoglou graduated with honours. “Friend,” I thought, “you are finally one of us, all the way.”
It never takes a Celtic manager long to “get it.” It usually takes them longer than this to express how much they get it. Ange hasn’t even had half a season, and he’s seen enough and knows enough to realise that things here are badly, badly askew.
There is a difference between him being told this – by a fan media rep at the very first presser – and Ange having come to the point where he has seen enough that he gets it on his own. This man has not the least doubt any longer. Some of these people wish us ill.
And Ange now understands that. He is wise to it now. Our manager may have been sceptical at first when he was told “your friends are all in this room” but he knows now that this wasn’t just standard fan paranoia talking, although I’m certain he had enough baseline knowledge at the time to be aware of that. No, Ange now knows that it’s real.
He knows that the threat to Celtic from this people is real.
And that is good news for us. The man understands things just fine. Which means that he understands to trust none of them, and that eventually these things need to be confronted. Does he seem the type to shy away from that? I think he’ll pick his moment though.
When he does, folks, I think we’ll see a show.