Former Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou is on the verge of winning his first trophy as Celtic manager.
HIRED by Celtic to win silverware after the Hoops’ barren 2020-21 season, Ange Postecoglou has an early chance to bag a trophy in the Scottish League Cup final.
Five months into his maiden campaign as Celtic manager, former Socceroos boss Postecoglou takes his team to Hampden Park on Monday morning (AEDT) for the decider against Hibernian.
“I was under no illusions that I was to try to bring success to this football club and the first opportunity for that will be (the Scottish League Cup final),” Postecoglou said.
“It’s an opportunity for this club to win a trophy and get some silverware, and particularly after last year, it’s something we want to get back to doing as a football club … so hopefully we’ll give a good account of ourselves and take it.
“I’m sure it will be a great occasion. The atmosphere will be sensational and, ultimately, it will be about us preparing well and giving the best of ourselves as we can on the day and hopefully that proves successful.”
Postecoglou is no stranger to winning finals, having done so with South Melbourne in the NSL, Brisbane Roar in the A-League and the Socceroos in the 2015 Asian Cup.
“You can’t go into it and say it’s just another game because it’s not,” he said.
“Our focus is on the stuff we can control. We can control our own football, we can control our own intent in the game and try to make the game be played on our terms, which we’ve done recently.”
Celtic’s side is set to include in-form Socceroos playmaker Tom Rogic, recently dubbed “little Messi” by his teammate Josip Juranovic.
Rogic won’t be the only Socceroo on show in the final, with attacking weapon Martin Boyle a key part of Hibs’ plans to upset Celtic.
A Boyle hat-trick secured Hibs a 3-1 semi-final win over Rangers last month.
“I will need a miracle for that to happen again,” Boyle said.
“It was just one of those days when everything fell for me, everything dropped, which was great.
“The squad played fantastically that day and the fans were excellent, so fingers crossed more of the same on (Monday morning).”
Despite reaching the Cup final. Hibs’ Scottish Premiership form has been ordinary this season, leading to the recent sacking of manager Jack Ross.
However, Postecoglou said recent form would mean nothing in the final.
“In a one-off game with such a big prize, people are going to lift their levels of performance,” Postecoglou said.
‘No-one will go into this game feeling like they’re not in form, because it goes against human nature when you know what the prize is at stake.”
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