/ Socceroos soaring in Scotland

Socceroos soaring in Scotland

Publish Date: 30/10/2021
Fact checked by: Megan Jonson

socceroo celtic scotland

Wednesday provided us with another Socceroo master class in Scotland, as Tom Rogic ran the show to seal the win for Ange Postecoglou’s rising Celtic side against Hibernian. 

Fellow Socceroo striker Martin Boyle was on the losing side for Hibs, but has still impressed so far this SPFL campaign with seven goals in 11 games.

Despite a shaky start, Celtic look to be coming good under the former Australia coach.

Can Ange cut it in Europe?

Althoguh Ange Postecoglou is the biggest name in soccer coaching by a distance in Australia, his arrival at Celtic Park wasn’t exactly met with fanfare. 

The former Socceroos man was a completely unknown entity in Scotland, and Europe in general, and the Celtic fans had been expecting a name more known to them to be taking charge in East Glasgow. Former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was thought to be a shoe-in for the job, but it ultimately didn’t come to pass.

Celtic fans were therefore somewhat disappointed with the announcement of Ange, with many believing he was possibly even the fifth or sixth choice for the job.

Despite a shaky start to the season, ‘Big Ange’, as he is now called in Scotland, has managed to quickly endear himself to the Celtic faithful. His attacking football has managed to entertain crowds and the Scots appear to appreciate his straight-talking Aussie approach when speaking to the media.

Is his seat safe at Celtic?

While things are most definitely looking up for Ange and his Bhoys (the nickname for Celtic), no manager can ever make himself comfortable in Glasgow. 

The Scottish Premier League has been dominated by both Celtic and their crosstown rivals Rangers since the 1980s, when Sir Alex Fergusons Aberdeen last broke their stranglehold on the title.

As a result, the view among Celtic fans is that second place is as good as last, meaning every draw or loss comes under an intense amount of scrutiny from the media and fans alike.

In his first season in charge of J-League side Yokohama F. Marinos, Ange finished fifth, before going on to win the league comfortably the following season. However, at Celtic, a fifth-place finish would surely see him out the door, and wouldn’t afford him the chance to win the title in his second season.

The ups and downs so far this season

Ange has already seen ups and downs to his Celtic career, despite only being 11 games into the season.  

A poor start with a loss against newly-promoted Hearts was followed by two thumping 6-0 victories over Dundee and St. Mirren. But things quickly went south with losses against rivals Rangers and strugglers Livingston.

Their victory during the week marked a fifth straight win for Ange’s Celtic though, but despite the fickle nature of football in Glasgow, things are definitely looking up. He has a near fully-fit squad to choose from and his style of play looks to finally be clicking with a team that is still in his infancy.

Celtic are just two points behind Rangers in second place and look like mounting a serious title charge this season. 

Read Also
Australia Cricketers to be Rested For Remaining Sri Lanka T20I Matches
Australia’s cricket selectors have made the decision to withdraw several key players ...
What’s going on in Australian Sport?
As we move into the weekend, CaptainGambling takes a look at the ...
Betfair Promo
What a Djoke - the Novak visa scandal
He’s in, he’s out and been shaken all about - welcome to ...
Australia’s Ange wins first trophy in Scotland
He’s barely been in the job six months, and he might not ...
Should the A-League expand next season?
The 2021/22 A-League season kicked off at the weekend, with all 12 ...
Provider of the month
BlueBet - This is the way! This is the way!
Top Betting Sites
BlueBet Review
Picklebet Review
PlayUp Review
Bet365 Review
Unibet Review
Latest News
Melbourne Demons Start AFL Pre-season in Style
Melbourne Demons picked up where they left off ...
Australia Cricketers to be Rested For Remaining Sri Lanka T20I Matches
Australia’s cricket selectors have made the decision to ...
Australia Names Squad for Pakistan Test Series
Josh Hazlewood returns to the Australian side and ...
Australian Open tennis the story so far
We’re now a full week into the 2022 ...
What’s going on in Australian Sport?
As we move into the weekend, CaptainGambling takes ...
Our Team
Kane GreganMegan Jonson
Kane Gregan
Kane Gregan
Megan Jonson
Megan Jonson
Best Australian Bookies

Above all the Captain demands transparency — and he gets that by seeing over the production of brutally honest bookmaker reviews. Only through constructive criticism will he weed out Dodgybookie and his evil bookie cronies.

What’s gambling really costing you? For free and confidential support call 1800 858 858 or visit 18+

This site is using Cloudflare and adheres to the Google Safe Browsing Program. We adapted Google's Privacy Guidelines to keep your data safe at all times.

Move to Top
The Captain recommends: Top Provider of the Month!
Your Bonus Code:
The bonus offer of was already opened in an additional window. If not, you can open it also by clicking the following link:
Visit Site