September 29, 2021


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Ange Postecoglou speaks about fan protests against Hoops board

Ange Postecoglou has weighed in on the turmoil that’s troubling his new club Celtic after fans protested the team’s board during a 3-0 home win over Ross County.

In some ways, the victory on Saturday felt secondary to the noise being made around the stands following the sudden exit of club chief Dom McKay after just two months in charge. He cited personal reasons.

The Green Brigade at Celtic Park held up a banner reading ‘A Board Like No Other’ that showed the club’s leaders with crosses over their faces.

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Hoops fans have been protesting against the board for over a month, calling for it to be accountable for the club’s struggles after being crushed by bitter rivals Rangers last term.

Postecoglou didn’t shy away from the issue after defeating Ross County, defending the fans’ rights to protest while also asking for McKay’s exit to be treated sensitively.

“We have to be careful with the narrative of who brought me to the club,” he said.

“I was surprised as anyone that Dom resigned but I am going to be respectful of him and his family. When people cite personal reasons, there’s reasons for that.

“Michael Nicholson is now in charge and that’s good because I already know him.”

Pressed on the fans’ banner, Postecoglou said: “We are all transient figures at this great club.

“The constant is the fans and they expect us to get on with it.

“Everyone is allowed to express opinions in whatever way they choose to, our job is to send the 60,000 who are here home happy and that goes for the millions around the world.

“Sometimes it’s good to be kept on your toes and I am sure our supporters will do that.”

Postecoglou then pushed back on any suggestions that a Director of Football should be a part of Celtic’s new boardroom structure.

Celtic fans display a banner protesting against the board.Source: Getty Images

“I’ve never said anything about a Director of Football,” he said. “Do I need one? What I need is to continue to build a football club and a football team that can bring success to this great institution.

“What I’ve never done over the course of my whole career is do what other people suggest. I’ll always do what I feel is the best for the situation.

“We’ve come through a really hectic period where I felt getting our squad together was the number one priority. Now I get the chance to build a structure around it.

“If I feel changes need to be made, I will make them, but at no stage has the board, or anyone else at the club, got in the way of me doing anything.”

Cameron Carter-Vickers’ deflected goal opened the scoring for Celtic before Albian Ajeti added a late double to cap off the 3-0 win.

Celtic is now fifth on the SPL ladder, three points behind leaders Rangers, who the Hoops lost to in the last round.

Celtic’s next challenge is an away trip against Real Betis in the Europa League group stage on Friday.

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