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Postecoglou’s Celtic heading to Australia


Ange Postecoglou is excited about coming home with Celtic. Picture: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images
Ange Postecoglou is excited about coming home with Celtic. Picture: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Former Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou is returning to Australia with his Celtic side for a four-team tournament starting in late November.

With the Scottish Premiership taking a five-week break late this year because of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Postecoglou’s Celtic is heading to Australia.

Under Postecoglou, who was appointed manager of Celtic in the off-season, the Hoops have already won the Scottish League Cup and are sitting on top of the Scottish Premiership ladder.

Ange Postecoglou is happy to be coming home with Celtic. Picture: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images
Ange Postecoglou is happy to be coming home with Celtic. Picture: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

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“I haven’t been home for almost three years by the time this comes around so I’m super-excited,” Postecoglou told the Celtic website.

“It is a homecoming in many respects. That’s where my roots are, that’s where I grew up and I know that since I’ve been in this position at Celtic, people have been following my journey, whether they know me or not, and I’ll have a great sense of pride going back to Australia as manager of Celtic.

“The club’s always had a strong connection with Australia, and I know how passionate the supporters’ groups are down there and how they follow the club, whether that’s been with Tommy Rogic or Scotty McDonald, or Jackson Irvine – people who have passed through the club – and now I am manager of the club.

“I think the Australian public in general will take great pride that one of theirs is in charge of such a famous club.

“It’s enormously important because I don’t take for granted the distance between here and back home, and you need to understand that, for people to be that passionate about a football club that’s halfway around the world – most of them are watching our games in the middle of the night.

“So for them to be able to share it with other people that they follow this club with and watch the team live will be a special moment for them.”

Celtic will use the tournament to maintain fitness and sharpness ahead of the resumption of the Scottish Premiership in December.

“It will create, I think, a unique atmosphere which only a Celtic crowd can provide. So for Australia sporting followers, they’re realise it’s something special,” Postecoglou said.

“Just being back on home soil and bringing this great football club to my shores will be special.”

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Marco Monteverde is a Brisbane-based sports reporter for NCA Newswire. He worked in a similar role for The Courier-Mail from 2007 to 2020. During a journalism career of more than 25 years, he has also worked fo… Read more

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