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Transcript as Ange Postecoglou makes BBC reporter squirm

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The Sun has published the full transcript of Ange Postecoglou’s exchange with Brian McLaughlin after Wednesday’s defeat from Hibs at Easter Road.

While the kid-gloves treatment is applied to certain managers the BBC Scotland reporter was determined to make the most of questioning the Celtic boss after a rare defeat.

McLaughlin is a Hearts and golf fan but highly thought of within BBC Scotland and regularly sent through to Murray Park to put a gloss on Micky Beale’s words of wisdom.

Replacing five tried and tested stars with a free agent from Norwich seems like a high risk strategy but not an issue Beale will ever have to answer, similarly you won’t find out how UEFA’s Financial Sustainability Regulations will impact on the summer war-chest.

Apparently a leaner squad of lower paid players coming in as free agents is the way forward in contrast to last summer’s £15m spending spree from Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

No bravery tablets are required when quizzing the Celtic boss with The Sun reporting:

McLaughlin: “I know you said at the weekend that you’re not learning too much about the squad just now, but do you need a stronger squad to go through and exceed…”

Postecoglou (laughing): “Oh come on mate! Come on, come on, come on.”

McLaughlin: “I know you’ve won the league…”

Postecoglou: “So what do you want us to do, win the league by 20 points next season? Is that the thing?

“Look I get it, I understand the questioning, but you know what if you want to measure us by the last three games by all means, but you’d probably need a different manager as well.”

McLaughlin: “I’m not doing that. I’m not doing that.”

Postecoglou: “This squad has handled Champions League, it’s in the final of a cup competition, won a cup competition, won the league.

“Squad’s fine. We’ll strengthen as we always do. Like I say, this is on me, I’m making a lot of changes. I’m putting a lot of guys in there who haven’t played a lot of football and that’s why we’re getting these results.”

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