Ange Has Sent A Big Message About How He Sees The Demands Of The Celtic Job.

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I find myself watching every interview Ange does these days, and it doesn’t matter to me who the interview is with. It was a pleasure watching his latest one with Open Goal, and I found a lot of what he had to say extremely interesting and illuminating.

Take his statement about wanting players to appreciate their special status and the things they have in their lives. He nailed it. It is such a profoundly decent outlook. He hates to see any footballer mope around unhappy when they should be grateful to have a job they love and which pays well in a world where most people are doing hard graft.

This speaks volumes about who our manager is, the manner of man that he is, and the way he views the world. He is most definitely “one of us”. He gets the important stuff.

But I was fascinated most by his comments about how he viewed the challenge of coming to Celtic. At the start of the season a lot of Celtic fans had settled into a place where they thought this would all be about the transition, that Ange would need at least a season to get his ideas across and that simply seeing forward progress would be enough.

A lot of us disagreed. I remember being on the Endless Celts podcast where Anthony Dunn and I were in complete agreement that a title “challenge” was not what Celtic should be looking for, but a title win instead. Nothing else, we argued, would do.

Well it turns out that Ange was much closer to that thinking than to the idea of laying down a solid foundation before trying to win things. For the boss, it was never going to be acceptable to “challenge.”

He spoke about the size of this club and the heavy responsibility that sits on the shoulders of any manager, and it was here that he had my most rapt attention.

“I couldn’t go being manager of this football club for a season without winning something,” he said. “We had that season last year, and that was it for this football club. This football club needs to be winning trophies every year, that’s the expectation. I didn’t want to be come in saying ‘well, it’s going to take me a bit of time …”

And so speaks a genuine winner, a man who was not only expecting success in this campaign but who demanded it both from himself and his team.

Anyone who thinks that we somehow lack the mentality to see this through has not listened to this guy properly.

He has instilled that attitude in this team and they are ready not only to meet, but to exceed, even the wildest of our hopes for this campaign.

None of us predicted a treble opportunity, and if this guy can see us over that line it will be a momentous achievement … but one in line with the demands he made.

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  • Finbar muldoon says:

    Why don’t sevco have 5 stars on their jersey any more? Have UEFA told them? 5 stars on the jersey and pay the face-painter. Or no stars on the jersey and we’ll let you carry on? HH

  • Bob (original) says:

    A nice wee boost in the title run in would be the confirmation that Ange had agreed a contract extension.

    Remembering where we were as a club this time last season, Ange has over performed by simply winning the lowly League Cup. Anything else is a huge bonus this season. Really.

    Just hope the tw*ts on the Board don’t conspire to lose him… 🙁

  • Bhoy4life says:

    Should we win a treble, it will be the greatest treble of them all.
    Achieved from the ashes, a club in disarray, written off by everyone, including some of our own, and done against a backdrop of complicit officialdom.
    It would go into the history books as much more than just a treble.

  • Stephney Taylor says:

    What a breath of fresh air.
    Ange is honest, amusing and engaging.
    Love him.

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