Ange Shows How Far He’s Come As He Savages The Media’s Ibrox Love-A-Thon.

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It’s been nearly two years now since Ange Postecoglou rolled into town, and when he faced the media for his first ever presser he could feel the contempt and the ridicule radiating from the press corps.

When he then stepped into his second major appointment with the scribes that day he found a much different atmosphere. I know, because I was there.

By the time the boss faced the fan media my initial concerns had largely subsided. But I had questions I wanted to ask – about his use of sports science and analytics and about how he intended to utilise the youth academy – and I thought his answers might be interesting, and they were, but they weren’t the most interesting things to come out of that afternoon.

His first experience of fan media was a question – more a statement – from Dave Faulds of The Celtic Star.

He told Ange “your only real friends are the people in this room” and assured him that the media, who he had just spent time with, might sometimes appear benign but in fact would hunt him if they thought they could get away with it.

He has shown his understanding of this several times down through the last two seasons, but today’s performance in front of the media was that of a man who is now fully comfortable with that fact and fully prepared to hit back at their shady narratives with fact and truth and biting sarcasm. No longer a man content to play nice, he savaged them.

When asked about the team and what he’s learned, he said simply; “I learned that we’re champions. So, that is a pretty good feeling and what we set out to do. We did it and there is nothing else I need to know, really, apart from the fact they have been outstanding this year. They have won the competition, they have won another competition [the League Cup]and they have an opportunity to win another competition.”

The sound of that slap would have reverberated through the press if only he had left it there, but Ange was only warming up. He had a much wider point to make, and when he was asked about the Ibrox rebuild – a ridiculous question, one that The Mooch would never be asked about Celtic – he unleashed his full wit and controlled anger.

“I don’t know why that would even concern me to be honest. I think this time last year Rangers were in a Europa League Final and a Scottish Cup Final and they strengthened after the season didn’t they? So, does anyone really care? Like, seriously?”

He continued. “We didn’t start favourites in my first year, probably weren’t overwhelming favourites this year so people will say what they want mate. Everyone’s got a plan until they get punched on the nose and you reassess from there. When we start next year, everyone will see who’s really strong and who isn’t strong and all that sort of stuff. Right now, league wise anyway, it’s the equivalent of junk time mate. We just get on with it.”

The man has now come full circle. Ange Postecoglou has realised what these people are; in a way he’s always known.

But now he recognises that softly-softly and tiptoeing around them will not make them less aggressive in their questioning or make their behaviour balanced.

He knows exactly what he’s dealing with … and he’s acting accordingly.

These are changed days.

This man is not willing to tolerate this anymore.

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  • John A says:

    God bless Ange

  • mhiguel66 says:

    Yes, totally agree he has their number now and we can all see how he treats them, with the contempt they deserve.

    As a support all we can do is hope and pray that he sets his sights firmly on the sfa, the officials (refs) set up and their very specific recruitment policies.

    We ALL know that is the main thing in Scotland that NEEDS addressing, they’ve had a hundred years of being the establishments team, it requires gutting and total restructuring.

    As long as those two jokers of establishments are in place our collective supporter will continue to suffer. That is at the root of ALL ISSUES and it has had its day and just like the dodo bird their time has long passed.

  • Kevan McKeown says:

    Brilliant response and its about fkn time. They’ve been tryin tae find a way in since he arrived and failed. The guy’s conduct has been second tae none and he’s showin he can punch these arseholes hard in the mouth when it’s needed. Well said Ange.

  • Johnno says:

    Best put down from Ange yet I would say.
    And great credit has to be given to the Scottish media in how they remain so consistent in there levels of stupidity.
    Do this thicks actually have to answer to a boss?
    As you can only imagine how that conversation must go after an Ange presser.

    Well thicko how did it go with Ange today?

    Done as you asked boss, and asked him about our favourite team

    Very good, and what was his response?

    The usual boss, made me look like a right eejit in front of a packed room yet again

    Oh well better luck next time thicko, keep up with the good work, might be in the running for a promotion at this rate

  • Thomas Daly says:

    Ange has THEM sussed

  • Kevan McKeown says:

    @ Damian. The very fact that the media can hardly ask the guy a decent question, no matter what it is, without bringin the ibrox club intae it somewhere along the line. If you think that lot wouldnae jump at the opportunity tae get a rise, or negative reaction out of him ye must be sleepin and some of the questions that have been put tae him, time and again since he’s arrived, have been ridiculous, non relevant garbage. Have we read about the ibrox manager bein put under the same scrutiny Ange has at these press conferences, have we f**k ?! No that ah’ve read or heard. Speaks for itself. The manager himself knows whit tae expect and now he’s givin a bit back wi a dose of reality, which hurts these clowns even worse and it’s good tae see.

  • duncan white says:

    The Media are users for there benifit , its good to see someone who can see right threw them .Why should you be asked ? son your opposite number , its just trying to stir things up writing the words in there Enterpritation of whats said .

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