There were two things which came out of Ange’s press conference yesterday, one of which echoed into today.
But before I concentrate on the second of them I want to take a brief look at the first one, the fun one. Ange’s brilliant rejoinder to a journalist on our loss of form. Or rather, our apparent loss of form. It’s real, by the way.
We have dropped points in three of the last four league games. The last time we played really well in the league was that first half against Kilmarnock, where we blew them out after a half hour.
Two of the games where we’ve dropped points were at home.
So yes, the focus of this team has slipped somewhat with the end of the season beckoning.
It happened to us last season too, and only after the job was done.
The team has done what it had to do and that was what the manager was at great pains to point out yesterday when he spoke to the media at full time in our game.
“These guys are champions. They’ve won the title. When the heavyweight champion of the world lifts the belt, he doesn’t have to have won every round.”
And that’s why Ange Postecoglou is the best communicator at Celtic, and maybe the best we’ve had at the club in decades.
Even O’Neill would have struggled to match his dexterity of thought and that way he has of putting things in a way the layperson can grasp as well as the expert. It’s a beautiful and complete analogy, and apparently off the cuff.
I wrote last week about the silence of the Celtic board. I think their silence is a sign of how smart they have gotten, because this silence allows Ange to be the front man for the whole club and that’s apt because he absolutely should be.
No-one at Celtic does it better.
We could not get a better spokesperson if we scoured the earth for one.