Ange Postecoglou just led Celtic to the Scottish title in his first year as coach. So what’s it like to play under him?


Brisbane Roar great Jack Hingert says playing under Ange Postecoglou is an all-or-nothing kind of affair.

“It was clear right from the start what you had to do. To be honest it was tough,” he said, describing what it was like to join Postecoglou’s thrilling Brisbane Roar side as it romped to three A-League championships.

“But he was very good at that at making you believe in the way of playing.

“The way he could motivate you, he just had this presence. You wanted to be a part of the whole culture.”

Postecoglou has established that legendary culture in no time at all in his latest pressure-cooker role.

The Australian manager is the toast of Scotland after leading Celtic to the Scottish title in his first season as manager.

Ange Postecoglou celebrates Brisbane’s remarkable 2011 A-League grand final victory over Central Coast.(Steve Holland: AAP Image)

After clinching the premiership on Thursday morning away to Dundee United, overnight his Celtic side had a celebratory homecoming, thumping Motherwell 6-0 in front of the club’s fans.

“Champions, that’s who we are,” an emotional Postecoglou told delirious Celtic fans after the match.

Last season, the club finished a whopping 25 points behind their great rivals, Rangers.

“I just want to thank everyone involved from the board management and the best staff in the land – unbelievable effort,” he said

“I’ve got a group of players who have been unbelievable – champions of Scotland and well deserved. And for you, the best [fans] in the planet – unbelievable.

“You’ve embraced me, my family, this jumper. And I want everyone to enjoy today, enjoy the summer and we’ll come back bigger and better – because we never stop.”

Postecoglou is so popular in Scotland he says he cannot possibly keep up with the amount of whiskey being sent to his home since letting it slip he is partial to a drop.

A ‘powerful’ presence

Another Roar hero from their Postecoglou days said the coach created a similar sense of purpose in Brisbane, almost single-handedly changing the entire trajectory of the club.

“He came to the Roar with a very strong approach, mindset and vision, where he thought the Brisbane Roar could create a legacy,” Matt Smith, a defensive linchpin of the side, said.



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