Ange Postecoglou, and those fervently defending him online, asked for time after his Celtic appointment drew criticism.
Now, it’s Postecoglou’s players who are backing the Australian manager whose team has won four straight games after a stuttering start.
Celtic avenged their defeat to Hearts in Postecoglou’s first league match in charge with a 3-2 victory to reach the Scottish League Cup quarter-finals on Monday.
“The football was outstanding,” Postecoglou said.
“The intent was outstanding. We never took our foot off the pedal and credit to the players, in the middle of a heavy schedule, that they were able to push that far in.”
The players appear to have bought in completely, with new signing Joe Hart making that clear as he heaped praise on his manager last week.
“The manager wants us to play with no fear, he backs us,” Hart, recently signed from Tottenham, said of Postecoglou.
“He puts that responsibility on himself to make us feel like we can play. It is something that we are trying our best to do.
“We are going to grow as a team. He came in quite late as I understand so it is going to take time. But the baseline is hard work and dedication and understanding and all being on the same side.
“We are trying to start something here. We are going to try and play some expansive football and that is going to require me to make the odd save. We are going to have to bail each other out of a few situations.”
Postecoglou arrived as a relative unknown in Europe, and for many Celtic fans, wasn’t good enough for their historically great club.
“I gather there was a mixed response when I was announced but 100 per cent of fans will want me to be successful,” Postecoglou said at his first press conference.
And it seems some fans have already been convinced with what they’ve seen; a new chant echoing around that includes a little mention of Postecoglou, and two of the club’s new signings.
“We got Abada, he’s on the wing,
“We got Kyogo, he’s doing his thing,
“Ange is our leader,
“We follow the Celtic all over the world.”
Postecoglou preaches aggressive, free-flowing football and Celtic have scored 16 goals in their last four games.
“It has just been about working hard and continuing to try to put in place the things the gaffer wanted us to do from the start,” midfielder David Turnbull said.
“We are getting used to it and I think it is all coming together now.
“Since he came in, he’s been brilliant. The boys all love the training. We’ve all worked hard and are getting the rewards.”