Ambitious Australian manager Ange Postecoglou says Celtic need money and time if they are to succeed in Europe… but he is confident the club will hit a “sweet spot and make an impact”.
- Ange Postecoglou believes that Celtic will need money and time to succeed in Europe
- Celtic manager has admitted it ‘hasn’t worked out’ this year for the Hoops
- Confident Celtic will hit ‘a sweet spot and make an impact’ in Europe
Premiership-winning Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou says her side will need money and time to succeed in their quest for European trophies, but is confident they will find their ‘sweet spot’.
Postecoglou is due enormous credit for re-establishing Celtic as the strongest force in Scotland, but Celtic have just one point from four games in Champions League Group F this season.
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou (pictured during the loss to RB Leipzig) says her team will need money and time to succeed in their quest for European trophies, but is confident they will find their “sweet spot” and have an impact.
The Scottish champions (pictured after their October 11 loss to RB Leipzig) have been fearless in attack but have failed to score the crucial goals when they needed them against Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk and RB Leipzig during the Champions League.
The Scottish champions have been fearless in attack but have failed to score the crucial goals when they needed them against Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk and RB Leipzig.
“It hasn’t worked out for us this year,” the 57-year-old told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“I still think we’re falling short in a couple of areas that are quite apparent, particularly around the last third of the field, which is difficult to conquer, but nobody can tell me that we haven’t been competitive. in every game, and if we continue to be competitive every year, we’ll hit a sweet spot somewhere and we’ll be able to have a bigger impact.”
RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner (not pictured) scores his team’s first goal of the game during the UEFA Champions League Group F match at Celtic Park, Glasgow
Despite recent reports linking the Aussie with Premier League clubs, Postecoglu seems determined to continue his work at Celtic and get their European campaign underway.
“It’s a tough competition, whichever way you look at it, whether you spend money or not, it’s the toughest club competition in the world,” he said.
‘You don’t enter that, a club like ours, after five years of absence, and you enter and dominate. It just doesn’t work that way. It takes time, and it requires being at that level consistently and investing in the right ways to improve over time.
Not even that is guaranteed… because the competition doesn’t get any easier. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be ambitious, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have goals and objectives for a club like ours.
RB Leipzig’s Emil Forsberg (centre) celebrates scoring his team’s second goal of the game with his teammates. Postecoglu has admitted it ‘hasn’t worked out’ for Celtic this year
Since beating rivals Rangers in September, Celtic have slipped to defeat at St Mirren before unconvincing wins at Motherwell and St Johnstone.
They are certainly not playing their best football, despite leading the competition in Scotland.
Celtic only have seven more games left in all competitions before breaking out for the World Cup.
The team will travel to Australia during this time to compete in the Sydney Super Cup against Everton and Sydney FC, and Australian fans will be eager to see Postecoglou in action on the sidelines.