Ange Postecoglou bit back at the growing media criticism of himself as Celtic toil to put results together.
One win in their last five matches has saw the hoops slip six points behind in the SPFL and go down to a defeat in their Europa League opener away to Real Betis.
There are mitigating circumstances for a manager new to the continent and having to take on a massive overhaul but one point out of six from matches against Livingston and Dundee United isn’t doing much for Celtic’s title hopes.
Throughout his media conferences there has been an underlying tone doubting how much an Australian really understands the demands of managing Celtic in effectively a two horse domestic race.
In the main Postecoglou has been polite and courteous in his dealings with the media but today he let his feelings surface as he fired back during a zoom conference.
Referencing the SPFL as weird when it was being suggested that the title may be getting beyond Celtic proved to be the catalyst for a lively response.
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To be honest the only thing I don’t like is the sort of condescending nature of the questions. That I don’t understand that if we don’t win games of football, that I don’t understand the magnitude of the football club.
That somehow I’m in charge of this rebuild and I don’t understand what the ramifications are if I don’t get it right. And maybe that’s the intent, maybe people just want to be condescending. That’s up to them.
In terms of pressure, criticism or scrutiny, that’s fair enough. That’s what people who are passionate about the game will do when they analyse a team. I’ve got no issue with that.
In terms of calling it early … I see no reason why you’d be calling somebody a champion in September when you’ve got 30-odd games to go
Some parts of the media will be delighted to have drawn criticism from the Celtic boss, anything less than a win at Aberdeen on Sunday and all sorts of comparisons will be thrown up with Tony Mowbray and John Barnes comparisons inevitable.