Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has insisted he won’t be given three years to pick up his first piece of silverware as Hoops boss, in what appeared to be a potential dig at former Ibrox boss Steven Gerrard.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the 56-year old laid out his plans for success, as he stated that the first year of his time in charge is about building a strong foundation, with the best to come in later seasons under Postecoglou’s leadership.
However, that won’t stop Ange’s hunger from being successful right away, as he made the determined statement that his side must be successful whilst also continuing to build and become a better squad.
He said: “It’s an evolving process, but we’ve literally bought 12 players in the transfer window. A lot of them are still in their first year. We’re still at the beginnings. My feeling is that this first year is about building a strong foundation.
“We still have to be successful. But we won’t be able to have the squad I think we need to be robust enough and have the quality to play consistently at the high levels we want until another year of football. That’s all in the background. What we need to do is keep improving our football in the meantime.
“You’re not going to be given three years to win a trophy. You’ve got to try and do that as soon as you arrive and at the same time build. For us, the challenge this year is we didn’t inherit a settled squad; it was a squad that needed rebuilding for a number of reasons. It’s not like we just went out and brought in players to complement what we had.”
Since joining the club, Ange has been reluctant to talk about the sort of success he needs to bring at an early stage of his tenure as manager.
But, with each passing week, we continue to see improvements within the team, which Ange is building and developing.
The former Socceroos boss will have a tremendous opportunity to lift his first piece of silverware as Hoops manager later this month when the Bhoys take on Hibs in the Premier Sports Cup final.
The League cup has often been a springboard for Celtic sides to go on and be successful, so Ange will be hoping for that same effect.
However, for now, his focus will remain on league action, with one game at a time continuing to be the key message – starting with Sunday’s trip to face Dundee United.