Trophy day at Celtic Park was absolutely magnificent and after the match, Ange Postecoglou said that the Hoops would be back bigger and better for the next campaign. 

With the Hoops about to kick-off their pre-season today with a match against SC Wiener Viktoria, the contrast to last year is stark.

Celtic haven’t been slow with business bringing in Daizen Maeda, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Benjamin Siegrist, Alexandro Bernabei and Jota on permanent deals.

Carter-Vickers was one of the most important deals to get over the line with the former Spurs defender playing such a crucial role in the heart of the defence last season alongside Carl Starfelt.

The American signed on a four-year deal and has spoken about the manager continually speaking about improvement since the players have returned from their summer breaks.

“I think Ange is a great manager,” said Cameron Carter-Vickers speaking to the [Scottish Sun]. 

“He’s really calm and he’s got a set way of playing that I think all the players enjoy.

“He’s also pulled the group closer together.

“All the boys get on really well and that’s a good thing.

“I think the manager here always wants to improve. He’s NEVER happy.

“He always thinks there is another level we can get to — and that’s what we’re trying to do as a group this season.

“He has that presence about him. He’s a calm guy, he rarely raises his voice — but he definitely has that presence. When he says things, everybody listens and all the players believe in him.

“We have trust in what he says and follow his ideas.”

The Scottish champions face a new challenge this year in the form of the Champions League stages and the manager will be conscious that the hard work starts now to prepare the Hoops for those matches.

Postecoglou’s presence is there for all to see and the whole support has belief and trust in him to deliver for Celtic once again.

There is a clear identity to the football that the manager wants to play are there is a feel-good factor around Parkhead at the moment. Players want to play under Ange and compete at the highest level.

Having delivered last season, the prospect of a full pre-season with the squad in a much stronger place compared to last year is exciting.


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