Ange Postecoglou has mentioned he understood the scepticism within the early phases of his Celtic rebuild after being topped supervisor of the 12 months, which used to be voted for by means of the Scottish league’s 42 bosses.
The 56-year-old Australian described the accolade as “very humbling”.
Postecoglou is at the cusp of handing over the Premiership identify in his first season in fee after Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Rangers left Celtic six issues and 19 targets transparent with 3 fits closing.
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The wholesome lead used to be an not going situation seven video games into the season when a house draw with Dundee United left Celtic in 6th position on 10 issues.
Postecoglou refused to percentage the doom across the identify race at that early degree however he took no excitement in proving the doubters mistaken after amassing his prize.
“It’s not what drives or motivates me,” the previous Australia head trainer mentioned.
“I’m not too harsh on people – the jury was out on me, I understand that there wasn’t a great recognition of what I had done. When you come from the other side of the world, that’s understandable.
“It used to be as much as me to turn other folks what I may just do. And, with a large number of toughen, other folks will recognise the problem that I had.
“Particularly in a year most people thought would have been a transition year, we have managed to be really competitive and hopefully the next couple of weeks we can tick off the big one.”
“I think it’s representative of not just my work but all the staff this year,” he added.
“It’s been a big challenge for us and I think people have recognised that. It’s great, particularly when it’s voted for by your peers because they understand what you are going through. So, very proud.”
Postecoglou retained the products and services of coaches John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan amongst others regardless of some Celtic fanatics calling for a blank slate after a barren season.
“I didn’t know them at all and they have been tremendous,” Postecoglou mentioned.
“It was my call to not bring anyone in, to come in myself and asses the staff I had, and the key to that was being able to get them to more or less believe in me.
“They had been remarkable, led by means of John Kennedy. He has been on the membership for a very long time, he understands what good fortune looks as if.
“But all the staff have been great in terms of their support for me from day one and, for us to be in the position we are, it has taken a massive collective effort.”