Celebrity Australian supervisor Ange Postecoglou has opened up on the current flood of media stories linking him to a transfer to the Premier League, declaring he’s “residing the dream” at “a very huge soccer membership” in Celtic – however conceding he’s ‘proud’ to get seen around the globe.
Postecoglou is again down beneath to advertise Celtic’s look within the Sydney Tremendous Cup subsequent month, the match additionally that includes Everton and Sydney FC.
And he can’t wait to point out the Scottish aspect his house nation of their first journey to Australia since 2011.
“It’s humorous,” he advised Fox Sports activities Information, “I haven’t been again for 3, 4 years. It’s been fairly hectic. However yeah, nice to be again house.
“I’m actually eager to convey the group out right here. I’ve been promoting the great thing about our nation from over there, I believe they’ll get pleasure from it. Particularly at the moment of the yr. We’ll be match and in good nick and placed on a superb present.”
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Postecoglou inherited a struggling Celtic aspect that completed a whopping 25 factors behind bitter Previous Agency rivals Rangers within the Scottish Premiership. In his maiden season in Glasgow, he led the membership to a league title and a League Cup crown, additionally qualifying for this yr’s Champions League.
The spectacular outcomes, mixed together with his entertaining and brave type of play, led to robust curiosity from Premier League golf equipment. After Brighton supervisor Graham Potter moved to Chelsea to take over from sacked Thomas Tuchel, Postecoglou was broadly seen as a contender to take over on the Seagulls.
Postecoglou mentioned it was humbling to earn recognition for his footballing ethos – and never simply outcomes.
“It’s massively essential to me. Anybody who’s adopted my profession is aware of I’m fairly large on taking part in the sport a sure manner. I’ve tried to do this wherever my been. In opposition to a backdrop of attempting to achieve success, I’ve at all times tried to play soccer in a way that I believe excites supporters and clearly brings success to soccer golf equipment. It’s essential to me.
“In all places I’ve been, the query has at all times been: ‘Will it work on the subsequent stage?’ What I’ve tried to show is that it does and it’ll.”
However he has repeatedly made clear that he’s not looking a transfer to a ‘larger’ league.
“I’m at a very huge soccer membership in the intervening time,” he mentioned. “Generally, as a result of we play on the Scottish Premiership and it’s most likely not one of many high-profile European league, (we neglect how large Celtic is). However by way of the institutional soccer golf equipment, Celtic – we play in entrance of 60,000 folks, we have now the chance to win trophies and we’re within the Champions League. It’s a large soccer membership.
“I do know that the success I’ve there, and hopefully we play soccer that I would like, I’m proud to get seen in every single place.”
In current weeks, Postecoglou has additionally emerged as a reported goal for Leicester Metropolis, whose supervisor Brendan Rodgers – a former Celtic head coach – is on the verge of being sacked by the bottom-placed Premier League membership.
However Postecoglou rebuffed these hyperlinks, saying: “It’s probably not on my radar. It’s a bit like our gamers – I maintain saying to them: in the event that they do what they do properly, then all this different stuff takes care of itself, no matter their ambitions or my ambitions could also be.
“My ambition’s at all times been the identical, wherever I’ve been, it’s to be as profitable as I can. I’ve charted a course for myself that’s received me to the place I’m right this moment. I’ve simply tried to do what I’ve achieved to the very best of my means and alternatives come up from that.
Proper now, as I mentioned, I’m at a large soccer membership. I’m residing the dream and I’m having fun with each minute of it. Simply decided to convey as a lot success as I can to it whereas I’m there.”
For now, Postecoglou is having fun with his transient journey to Australia, as most of his gamers jet around the globe for worldwide responsibility.
Once they return, Celtic’s season ramps up in an excessive vogue, with the membership dealing with a brutally congested run of fixture.
“The following recreation for the membership is just not too removed from my thoughts whereas I’m right here. We’ve nonetheless received just a few guys again house which can be coaching with the remainder of the teaching squad.
“After we get again, we’ve received one thing like 15 video games in six, seven weeks. That’s a recreation each three days, together with Champions League video games. Between now and the World Cup, or after we come right here, it’s an unlimited program. For us, it’s a reasonably pivotal a part of the season. I’m trying ahead to getting again into it.”