Ange Postecoglou ‘proud’ as Celtic arrive in Australia for Sydney Super Cup

Ange Postecoglou and Celtic have arrived in Australia ahead of the inaugural Sydney Super Cup.

Arguably Australia’s most successful manager, Postecoglou comes back home after leading the Glasgow-based club to the 2021/22 Scottish Premiership title.

Speaking in Sydney Harbour on Wednesday alongside assistant coach and Australian football legend Harry Kewell, the Celtic manager discussed how his team is faring in the lead-up to their opening match against Sydney FC.

Coming off a 2-1 win over Ross County to assert their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership, Postecoglou believes The Hoops need to use this momentum to their advantage.

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“We obviously had a game on the weekend, and the boys have gone through a real tough schedule and come through it pretty strong,” Postecoglou said.

“But we want to finish strong. The boys will have a break after this week. So it’s two more games for us to keep working and, hopefully, put on some good performances.”

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The Sydney Super Cup marks Postecoglou’s first visit to Australia with an international club, having not coached Down Under since he was at the helm of the country’s national team.

Following his Socceroos departure in 2017, the 57-year-old was appointed as head coach of Japanese team Yokohama F. Marinos, before moving to Scotland to manage Celtic.

When asked what it means to come back to Australia in charge of a top European team, Postecoglou said there is a real sense of fulfillment involved. 

“I am (proud to bring Celtic back to Australia). Growing up here, I always looked forward to clubs from overseas coming over here, and if I wasn’t bringing the team over, I’d be going to the game tomorrow night,” he said.

“So I’m pretty proud to bring them back … it’s really important for me that we give a good account of ourselves because I know we’ve had tremendous support, not just the last couple years I’ve been there, but the club’s always had great support here.

“So I know how important it is for our supporters and the Australian football public to see the guys up close and personal.”

Whilst the Sydney Super Cup is a friendly tournament, the former A-League winning boss believes every match will have a special ‘edge’, particularly due to the unique mid-season timing.

“I think both games will be good. We’ve had overseas clubs come to Australia before and I’ve been to a lot of those games. It’s usually in preseason – these will be different games,” Postecoglou told The Sporting News earlier this month. 

“We’ll literally come off playing that weekend, Everton would have played in the Premier League. We’ll be in the middle of our season, players should be in good condition and I think it will be a high-tempo game.

“Both teams will be playing more like they usually would which will make for some good games.

“They won’t be like normal preseason games, I think they’ll have a bit more of an edge.”

Celtic’s first match in Australia will be against Sydney FC, with Allianz Stadium to host the clash on Thursday night.

The Bhoys will then face off against English Premier League side Everton on Sunday afternoon at Accor Stadium.

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