Celtic Football Club: it’s a happy place to be around right now, isn’t it?
There has been a particular focus on the environment at Parkhead again and all because of Ange Postecoglou.
He never tires of speaking about the football environs. The Aussie has seemingly created a brilliant one for his players as well as his staff to thrive.
It gives the outsiders looking in a better chance of understanding what makes him tick in a working sense.
Occasionally Postecogou also gives you the triple ‘A’: Access All Areas.
Every now and again he lets you in and you catch a glimpse of what it’s really like to be part of the inner sanctum at Celtic.
The 56-year-old recently had this to say about the club ‘environment’: “What I try to do with every environment I’ve been in is to try and create something that will surpass anything that has happened before.
“Being happy isn’t about coming in and having a laugh every day. It’s about working hard and being the best you can be. It’s about realising all the dreams and ambitions you had as a kid – and that’s the environment I want.
“My role and the club’s role is to make sure the environment keeps pushing all our players to be the best they can be. It’s the same this year. It’s not about us coming back as champions or having more pressure and expectation.
“My goal and ambition is to make us the best team we can be and if we achieve that and become better than last year and perform at higher levels, then we’ll see what comes with it.”
It’s all part of Postecoglou’s managerial methodology. The environment and mentality he creates within the four walls of Lennoxtown and Parkhead are what drive his players to succeed.
These are the characteristics which define them as a football club and allow the team to take their performance to another level. It’s largely why under Postecoglou Celtic are exciting to watch.
He created something special at Brisbane Roar, he did it with the Australian national team and he succeeded with Yokohama F Marinos in the J1 League in Japan because he’s adept at creating a wonderful football environment that players crave to be part of.
He’s doing that all over again at Celtic.
Scottish football may have been a new environment but it has been pretty much the same old Postecoglou.
“In every environment I’ve been in I have worked with different people and new people and I think you always learn,” he said. “While I have been doing this for a very long time I am always looking for areas where I can expose myself to different kinds of scenarios with different people so I can continue my growth both as a manager and as a person.
“I think that’s the way you do it. When I came in here it wasn’t just the players, it was the whole staff that I had to get to believe in the idea of the football team I wanted us to be and the football that I wanted us to play. I enjoy the challenge of getting people to believe in the direction that we are heading in.”
You only need to look at what happens whenever Celtic score a goal. The team spirit, the camaraderie, and the explosions of joy every time are etched on all the players’ faces. At times it is brilliant to see and they seem genuinely happy for each other.
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Tight-knit dressing rooms, togetherness and unity are so important in any team sport. There don’t seem to be any cliques. It is and always will be all about the Celtic collective.
‘The team’ thrives in that sort of environment.
It was no surprise when the Celtic boss named an unchanged starting XI against Hearts for this Premiership encounter after they had hammered Kilmarnock 5-0 at Rugby Park last weekend.
The hosts also commemorated the late John ‘Yogi Hughes with a minute of applause at the start of this one. The fans’ hands remained clapping by the end courtesy of a 2-0 league victory.
A 13th-minute goal from Kyogo Furuhashi and an injury-time strike from substitute Giorgos Giakoumakis saw Celtic move two points clear at the top of the Premiership table as Postecoglou’s men made it four league wins out of four this season.
The Aussie also racked up another 36-game unbeaten league streak as a football manager in the process.
The first saw sporting history being made when Brisbane Roar embarked on the longest undefeated sequence in any Australian sport back in 2011. It’s a record that still stands to this day Down Under.
Long unbeaten runs do not happen by accident, they are a product of the environment.
Once again in Glasgow, Postecoglou seems to have created the perfect environment for himself as well as his management team and players to prosper and flourish.
Speaking of Glasgow – did you know that the Gaelic translation for Glasgow is ‘Dear Green Place’?
Under Postecoglou, the Parkhead environment has become a ‘Dear Green Place’.
Sorry, scrap that. Under the Aussie, the Parkhead environment has become a ‘Dear Green and White Place’.
Just ask the board, the management, the players and the supporters how they all feel about their environment right now.
Under Postecoglou everybody knows for a fact what direction Celtic are heading in. They don’t call this part of Glasgow’s east end ‘Paradise’ for nothing you know.
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