May 28, 2022

ANGE POSTECOGLOU jokes that he lets his wife Georgia buy his clothes because he has no clue about fashion.

But when it comes to moving window shopping, the Celtic boss insists he should be at the forefront.


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Postecoglou has signed 17 players since arriving at Parkhead last summer, and the majority are losing.

From the heart to the shoe, the Celtic boss has the extraordinary ability to find the right players to fit into your system.

Aussie has taken control of Hoops’ recruitment campaign and revealed that the key is to know what he wants – not just follow the trends.

He said: “It simply came to our notice then.

“I have often said that I would go to a store with my wife and she would know exactly what to buy and what to buy – and mate, I have no idea!

“That’s what happens when I go looking for players. I have a really clear idea.

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“When I see what I want, I picture them in my team and when they fit that picture, most of the time it works. It comes back to the first thing I know about it. There is a complete explanation of how I want to play my team, what should be the standard for each player in each position.

“And it should be easier for the players because they already have some of the things I’m looking for, so their adjustment period gets faster.

“The players I have brought are running to the ground and people are asking, ‘Why so fast?’

“But the reason is that I already know that they have the qualities I want and the rest are just understanding the game plan.

“I knew that getting the right players was going to be the first important part of what I was trying to do and how my decision would be made in history.

“If I signed players who weren’t fit, it would be difficult. I wanted to make sure the players were in line with the team that I wanted to be.

“They also had to hit the correct demographic figures for their age. It was all important.

It’s always been a big part of my job. You can’t put square pegs in round holes. It’s not just about getting talented footballers, it’s about getting people who fit into my football.

Postecoglou suffered a major rebuild when he took over as Celtic boss in June after ten consecutive unsuccessful bids.

But he has ruled out the odds of winning the Premier Sports Cup and taking his team to the top of the Premiership.

The Celtics are now chasing the treble and Postecoglou says he always felt he had to succeed immediately.

He said: “Any manager who gets a job is usually leaving because things are not going well.

“When a team is flying, you rarely pick it up. That part is understood.

“I have played every role he needs in a new direction and I am comfortable in that place.

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“In a way, I knew where I was going, coming into a season when they didn’t win anything.

“It simply came to our notice then.

“It simply came to our notice then.

“I have the tremendous support of the fans and the support from within the football club has helped me to move in the direction I want.

“But in a way, I knew there was a ticking clock against me to fix it as soon as possible.

“People thought I was worried about my time but it wasn’t just me – all I knew was that a football club could not last two seasons without success.

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“It can’t happen, so I knew I had to win this first year and we won the trophy. We’re doing well in the league and we’re still in Europe.

“We won through the Scottish Cup so we’re doing well, but we still have a lot to do.”

Despite reaching the quarter-finals, Postecoglou made it clear to their players during and after the 4-0 win over Raith Rovers on Sunday.

The Celtic boss was unhappy with the intensity of his side – Premier Sports pitch side mics picked up an explosion in the first half that echoed around the half-full Parkhead as it went backwards.

He told Australian channel Stan Sport: “You know I’m not a Plan B type man!

“I just don’t compromise, because at the end of the day, the key is to win the football game.

“I think you can be attractive in any kind of football. We have many ways to succeed in playing this beautiful game.

“It’s all about beauty, some of us just appreciate different things.

“For me, the way I coach is because I’m good at it. That’s all I can do, that’s the skill I bring.

“Probably a factor as to why they’re doing so poorly.”

“Obviously the player and even the staff struggle with it in the beginning, just to get the concept right, but I don’t compromise.

“After all, this is the football I want my teams to play, which is a big driver for me, and it’s been very successful.

“I, as a manager, think of a way to win.

“I’ve told people a few times, when I went to the football library I went to a section – and I stayed there.”

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