Ange Postecoglou has told rival managers ‘they are kidding themselves on’ if they think the Celtic job is ‘lucky’ or ‘easy’.
The Celtic boss has fired back at notions that his success in Glasgow has been simple. Rangers boss Michael Beale famously labelled the Hoops boss ‘lucky’ due to his financial backing from Parkhead chiefs and this week Hibs boss Lee Johnson suggested that Postecoglou might eventually find Scottish football too ‘easy’.
Celtic have the treble on their radar this season, with the Hoops already closing in on retaining their Scottish Premiership title having already secured the ViaPlay Cup. And Postecoglou whose mantra is ‘we never stop’ has told rivals his hard work never stops as his side face the pressure to win every match.
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Postecoglou said: “Every manager is allowed to use their platform in any way they want and say what they want. I don’t think it’s accidental that the words lucky and easy are used.
"They aren’t words I would use to describe any manager. If you are in this job, irrespective of anything, the one thing you know is that it’s not easy. If people think I come in here at midday, spend a couple of hours, have a cappuccino and then go home to the family, then they are kidding themselves on.”
Postecoglou believes the subtle digs are a deliberate attempt to take the shine off the success, as he hit back stating “nothing comes easy” for the Hoops.
The Australian added: “I think they know that, but the use of those words is probably deliberate. That’s fine. If that is what people believe, they are allowed to do that. What I know is that within this building, nothing comes easy for us.
“We need to work hard and there are a lot of expectations on the players and the staff every day. That’s what we do. Whether that impresses others or doesn’t, the only thing we care about is our supporters. And they are pretty happy with how we are going.
“It’s pretty much known that we are playing under huge pressure every week. If other people think that’s easy in some way, then that’s their opinion.”
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