Ange Postecoglou will comply with whatever requests UEFA make ahead of the Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk.
With a media induced frenzy of expressing grief in full flow following last week’s events the Celtic boss will quietly do his thing with 100% focus on 90 plus minutes of football.
Since the weekend match against Livingston was postponed at lunchtime on Saturday Postecoglou has had his full focus on the clash with the Ukrainian champions in the Polish capital of Warsaw.
Symbolism isn’t really in the DNA of the Celtic boss as The Sun reported:
Last night a decision had still to be made on whether there would be a minute’s silence before the clash to pay tribute to The Queen.
Asked if he hoped Hoops fans would behave if that was to happen, Postecoglou added: “I will abide by whatever regulations there are.
“I’m not the keeper of people’s obligations. We live in a society where people can express their own values in any way they want.
“I will be doing it my way and my club will do it our way and everyone else can do what they like.”
Last night the Daily Mail was reporting appeals by UK clubs to play the national anthem ahead of kick-off at tonight’s matches but Postecoglou has more obvious issues to deal with.
Tonight’s match isn’t make or break but going into the final four group matches on level terms is a lot more appetising that being six points behind the champions of Ukraine ahead of an away day in Leipzig.
I understand Manchester City also made a request to play the National Anthem ahead of their match with Dortmund tomorrow night, which was – like those of Chelsea and Rangers – turned down by UEFA. https://t.co/t5zy9c1PA7
— Mike Keegan (@MikeKeegan_DM) September 13, 2022