Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic press conference in full as he cringes at Dermot Desmond ‘500 miles’ reveal


Ange Postecoglou was asked to name a song to sum up the season so far but the Celtic boss drew a blank.

He says he doesn’t have the creative brain for that sort of thing – even though he quoted The Proclaimers to land the Celtic job in the first place.

Among many reveals in a rare interview on Friday, Hoops’ majority shareholder Dermot Desmond spilled the beans on one of his first conversations with the Australian.

And he said he was blown away when Postecoglou told him he’d “walk 500 miles” to manage Celtic – a nod to the Leith duo’s 1988 hit.

However Postecoglou was quick to point out he didn’t sing it, as he appeared caught out by a question in his media conference.

One reporter brought up Desmond’s bombshell and asked the Australian if there was a song he could think of that summed up their season so far.

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And he responded with an embarrassed chuckle: “No, not really mate. And, to be fair, I did just say it I didn’t sing it, just so people are fully aware.

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“The creative side of my brain is not the strongest particularly this time of the year. I’ve been very fortunate since I’ve got this role.”

Postecoglou has his team six points clear at the top of the Premiership and within realistic reach of a domestic treble.

It hasn’t all been plain sailing though as after a Champions League exit and a defeat to Hearts in the opening stages in the season, many were already suggesting the pressure was on.

However Postecoglou praised Desmond and the Celtic board for making him feel welcome at Parkhead and showing their support even when waters were rockier.

He went on: “As I keep saying, I’ve just felt totally supported from day one. And it’s been really important for me to do what I need to do because, as people are aware, I came in by myself and that can feel fairly isolating if you don’t get support straight away.

“I’ve been really fortunate. The fans have been unbelievable towards me, the staff here, the players, but that includes the management and the board.

“Dermot rang me after we lost against Hearts the first day and he said ‘Ange, I can see what you’re trying to do’.

“He said ‘all I’ll say is your first assessment will come at the end of the year, nothing will happen before then so you just keep doing what you’re doing’.

“I don’t need people to tell me that but I can’t do what I do without support. With Michael Nicholson and people like Chris Mackay and others in management right behind me, the board right behind me.’

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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